Coney Island Polar Bear Swim 2011

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This was pretty awesome.  On Saturday, January 1, I joined hundreds of New Yorkers in the frigid waters off Coney Island.  The Neptune trident was a hit, but there tons of lavish costumes there, from Santa Claus to the BP oil spill workers.

As you can imagine, the water was staggeringly cold, but the sun was shining, and the sand was comfortable once the crowds stomped out the snow.   Most of my body acclimated well enough, but my feet were tough-timesing it throughout the three trips.

Coney Island is always a great party, or at least, it is for now.  DJs were blasting awesome music and the crowds were have grooving out.   Unfortunately, none of the bars could sell alcohol, as the City shuts down their liquor licenses- part of an effort to bankrupt them to make way for luxury condos.  Just gross.

Assuming Coney Island is still a habitable place for good natured freaks a year from now, I’d love for a bunch of us to return for Polar Bear Swim 2012 and start next year off right.

 

About Janos Marton

Janos Marton is a lawyer, advocate and writer.
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