Coney Island Polar Bear Swim on New Year’s Day

– We will meet at Union Square at the Au Bon Pain. Located on the east side of Union Square.
– Meeting time of 10:30am. We will leave promptly at 10:45am. (~1 hour subway ride puts us out there at noon, the national anthem is at 12:45 for the 1pm swim.)
– There is no cost to the swim, but we encourage a voluntary donation of any size to our partner charity, Camp Sunshine
– If you would like to meet us out at Coney Island, then we will shoot for 12pm on the boardwalk at Stillwell Avenue, near the registration. Call me [masked]). Might be a little mayhem.
– BRING WARM CLOTHES, SURF BOOTS OR OLD SNEAKERS,TOWELS AND DEFINITELY BRING YOUR CAMERA. The NYC Parks Department provides changing facilities on the Boardwalk at Stillwell Avenue.
– AFTER: To complete the hot/cold circuit, I will be visiting the Russian Baths after. It's a half mile or so walk down the boardwalk. Admission is $30 and they have a number of saunas, steam rooms, cold pools, and an authentic Russian Banya experience. http://mermaidspany.c


Nothing cures a New Years hangover like a polar bear swim. Come join thousands of people on New Year's Day to jump into the Atlantic. Cold exposure is an excellent acute stressor with health benefits: adaptation to the cold, improved immune system, and you get a great adrenaline rush and metabolic response. Followed by music and hanging out on the Coney Island boardwalk.

A lot of people wear crazy stuff.

I forgot how much it costs — it's something like $25 for charity.

– Take the D, N, F, or Q to Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue. Plan for an hour and fifteen minutes if coming from Manhattan.
– Walk down to the boardwalk

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