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Polar Plunge: Frigid New Year's Day swim in Coney Island

What would you do in the name of charity? Thousands -- early registration numbers were at 3,600 -- of New Yorkers spent New Year's Day rushing into the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean as part of the 115th annual Coney Island Polar Bear Club's plunge.

The event, held Tuesday near the Coney Island Boardwalk and Stillwell Avenue, raised thousands of dollars for local community organizations, including the Alliance for Coney Island, Coney Island USA, the Coney Island History Project and the New York Aquarium, which is located in – you guessed it – Coney Island.

Put on your warmest sweater and scroll down for photos of the frigid festivities.

Coney Island's annual Polar Bear Plunge drew thousands
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Coney Island's annual Polar Bear Plunge drew thousands into the icy Atlantic on Tuesday.

Of course a "polar bear" would help lead
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Of course a "polar bear" would help lead Plungers into the frigid waters. 

People splash in the Atlantic Ocean during the
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People splash in the Atlantic Ocean during the annual Polar Bear Plunge on Coney Island.

People jump into the Atlantic Ocean during the
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People jump into the Atlantic Ocean during the annual Polar Bear Plunge in Coney Island.

 

People rush into the Atlantic Ocean during the
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People rush into the Atlantic Ocean during the annual Polar Bear Plunge Tuesday on Coney Island.

People jump into the Atlantic Ocean during the
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Santa and friends jump into the Atlantic for the annual Polar Bear Plunge on Coney Island.

People jump into the Atlantic Ocean during the
Photo Credit: Getty Images/Stephanie Keith

People jump into the Atlantic Ocean during the annual Polar Bear Plunge in Coney Island.

Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams leads the crowd
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Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams leads the crowd into the water. 

People rush into the Atlantic Ocean during the
Photo Credit: Getty Images/Stephanie Keith

People rush into the Atlantic Ocean during the annual Polar Bear Plunge in Coney Island.

People jump into the Atlantic Ocean during the
Photo Credit: Getty Images/Stephanie Keith

People jump into the Atlantic Ocean during the annual Polar Bear Plunge in Coney Island.

People jump into the Atlantic Ocean during the
Photo Credit: Getty Images/Stephanie Keith

People rush into the Atlantic Ocean during the annual Polar Bear Plunge in Coney Island.

Thousand joined the annual pluge put on by
Photo Credit: Corey Sipkin

Thousands joined the annual pluge put on by the Polar Bear Club on Coney Island.

And they're off: Thousand of participants in the
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And they're off: Thousand of participants in the 115th annual plunge run toward the water. 

Insane Clown Polar Plunge Posse?
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Participants in the 115th Annual Coney Island Polar Bear Club New Year's Day plunge in Brooklyn on Tuesday.

The 115th annual Coney Island pluge saw thousands
Photo Credit: Corey Sipkin

The 115th annual Coney Island pluge saw thousands participate.

Participants run out of the surf (because really,
Photo Credit: Corey Sipkin

Participants run out of the surf (because really, is walking an opiton?).

Thousands participate in the annual pluge in Coney
Photo Credit: Corey Sipkin

Thousands participate in the annual pluge in Coney Island.

Pungers make their way back to shore.
Photo Credit: Corey Sipkin

Pungers make their way back to shore.

Surf, gloriously cold surf.
Photo Credit: Corey Sipkin

Surf, gloriously cold surf.

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