NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 1: People wearing costumes take part in the Coney Island Polar Bear Club‘s New Year’s Day swim on January 1, 2013 in the Coney Island neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The annual event attracts hundreds who brave the icy Atlantic waters and temperatures in the upper 30’s as a way to celebrate the first day of the new year. (Monika Graff, Getty Images) Times Union
Don’t tell anyone, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the guy in the robot regalia is one of my long ago piano instructors. I was wondering what happened to him since he was released from the asylum.
Update–Then again, there were some hot attractions among the polar bears…I’m rather sorry I missed it:
- Hearty Swimmers Take Part In Polar Bear Plunge At Coney Island (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Hundreds ring in 2013 with icy plunge in NY waters – Seattle Post Intelligencer (seattlepi.com)
- Coney Island Polar Bear Club’s New Year’s Day Swim Raises Funds For Superstorm Sandy Relief (huffingtonpost.com)
- Annual New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim at Coney Island1. (oddstuffmagazine.com)