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    Posted January 2, 2014 by
    brooklyn, New York
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Wintry weather 2014

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    Swimming with the Polar Bears


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     New Year’s Day was celebrated with a big splash this year, says alexpreditor who documented New Yorkers talking a plunge into the freezing Atlantic Ocean in Brooklyn, New York. She says the Coney Island Polar Bear Club invited people to the annual tradition. 'I was especially surprised that parents were encouraging their children to go in. I was cold just watching,' she said. The ocean temperature was around 30 degrees when she captured this video. 'I got a little wet just from shooting so close to the water. It was a real challenge.'
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Every New Year's Day, the Coney Island Polar Bear Club invites friends and neighbors to take a plunge into the atlantic ocean with them to celebrate the new year.

    I talked with some of the swimmers as I was waiting to better understand their motivation for diving into 30 degree waters. Most just wanted something exciting and different to ring in the new year.

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