Hundreds Take Relatively Mild Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge - NBC New York

Hundreds Take Relatively Mild Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge

Hundreds of people took the plunge Tuesday afternoon, when the unseasonably warm temperature was in the high 50s

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    Relatively Warm Waters for NYC Polar Bear Plunge

    For more than a century, thrillseekers have started the new year with a dip into ice-cold waters off Coney Island in the annual Polar Bear Plunge. But this year wasn't that cold. Stacey Bell reports. (Published Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019)

    What to Know

    • Hundreds of people participated in the annual New Year's Day dip in the ocean off Coney Island, known as the Polar Bear Plunge

    • The unseasonably warm temperature was in the high 50s — a departure from last year, when the temperature was just 17 degrees

    • Some participants Tuesday dressed as Santa, sharks or in other costumes as they took to the Atlantic

    By the standards of the Coney Island Polar Bear Club, it was practically a day at the beach for participants in the annual New Year's Day dip in the ocean off New York City.

    Hundreds of people took the plunge Tuesday afternoon, when the unseasonably warm temperature was in the high 50s.

    It was quite a departure from last year, when the temperature was just 17 degrees.

    Some participants Tuesday dressed as Santa, sharks or in other costumes as they took to the Atlantic.

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    They say it's a way to start the new year fresh by washing off 2018.

    The New York event goes back to 1903 and raises money for various charities.

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