Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge, Brooklyn, New York

I thought it would be a good idea to check out the polar bear plunge on Coney Island on New Year’s Day. Unfortunately, my date was not ready when I arrived to pick her up, and she also directed me to park about a mile from where the swimmers were, so by the time we walked down the boardwalk, the crowds had thinned out considerably. Still, there were some bathers who dashed into the water for a second or third round, so we saw a few of these hardy souls in action.

This was an unusually warm January 1st (and a warm winter in general). However, the wind picked up as we were watching the festivities, so it did become uncomfortably cold.

Polar Bear Plunge, Coney Island, NY

“Polar Bear” plunge

On the boardwalk: I wonder if the lady with the red scarf was smiling at me. I was just taking a photo of the mob, and hadn’t noticed her until looking at the photo.

Coney Island Boardwalk

Crowd on boardwalk

On the boardwalk:

Astroland's Burger Boy, Coney Island Boardwalk, NY

Astroland’s Burger Boy

On the boardwalk:

Decorative fish adorn wall on Coney Island boardwalk

Decorative fish

I wonder if this fellow ever saw the Alfred Hitchcock film, “The Birds”.

Seagulls on Coney Island boardwalk

Seagulls

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