Every January 1st for the past 114 years, a small group of brave people have taken a frigid swim in the Atlantic as part of the Coney Island Polar Bear Club Plunge. Not only did they want to jump into the 37° waters on a day with temperatures lower than 20°, they also paid to do so! With proceeds going to charity, of course.
This year, we are raising funds to support the Coney Island community including the New York Aquarium, Alliance for Coney Island and other local arts and history organizations. Coney Island is a neighborhood of 50,000 with a poverty rate close to 30% and is situated right on the Atlantic Ocean.
In this short video from the Staten Island Advance, see how this year's plunge turned out.
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