CONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn — The new year began with frigid fanfare for hundreds of people who splashed through the Atlantic Ocean during the annual Coney Island Polar Bear Club Plunge.
Swimmers wearing Santa hats and other customers braved 40-degree temperatures to participate in the New York City tradition.
The weather was chillier than last year, when the mercury rose unseasonably high into the upper 50s.
The event dates to 1903 and raises money for various charities. Polar bear plunges were also held in such locales as North Beach, Maryland; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; and Perth, Ontario.