Here’s one way to get a fresh start to 2016.
On New Year’s Day, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder took the plunge at the annual Rockaway Polar Bear Plunge.
Though smaller than the famous Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge in Brooklyn, which attracts thousands of participants each year, the Rockaway Polar Bear Plunge has a strong and dedicated group of community swimmers, some of whom have been participating for more than 15 years. These brave souls gathered in groups along the beach at subway stops.
This past weekend’s unseasonably warm weather made for a slightly less bracing experience for those who braved the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Goldfeder emerged from the plunge looking cold but victorious, before bundling up on the beach.
The Rockaway Point Volunteer Fire Department was on hand to help keep everyone safe. Goldfeder personally thanked the fire department for their service in warming everyone up after the plunge.