Polar Bear Club Plunge: Washing Away the Last Two Years

CS Muncy Amid the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic and the growing threat of the Omicron variant, thousands of eager New Yorkers dove into the frigid Atlantic Ocean for the 119th Annual Polar Bear Club Plunge.

Going back more than a century, the Coney Island Polar Bear Club raises money through the annual New Year’s plunge for a variety of local nonprofits and charities such as the Coney Island History Project and the New York Aquarium. The event is billed as “one of the oldest winter bathing clubs in the United States,” and meets every Sunday from November through April.

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