The polar bear plunge is a fine, frigid tradition where adventurous people start a new year by braving bracing cold bodies of water on the first day of January. The Coney Island Polar Bear Club has hosted winter swims since 1903 and not just on New Year’s Day.
The Jan. 1 plunge is open to everyone willing to endure the icy waters. As in years past, the 2020 plunge was an invigorating way to kick off a new year. Edwina Hay headed down to the beach to capture these photos of this year’s participants.