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13.12.2011

 

Polar Bears Unite on Coney Island - ice cold and hand in hand through thick and thin - join in!

New York is infamous for its harsh cold winters that sweep the city, leaving its locals shivering with fond memories of sunny Sunday strolls on the Coney Island boardwalk.

However, the few New Yorkers that do brave a trip to Coney Island beach in Brooklyn on a Sunday afternoon during the winter months will be relieved to see that there are more extreme beach fans that refuse to let icy temperatures get in the way of their love of this urban sandy expanse.

Indeed, everyone knows that if it gets cold, it’s nice to huddle up in groups and make like an arctic animal, perhaps even a penguin, cuddling to fight off the big freeze. And this attitude pretty much sums up the ethos of the Coney Island Polar Bear Club. The oldest winter bathing organisation in the United States meets at Coney Island every Sunday from November through April to swim in the Atlantic Ocean.

Legend has it that the father of the physical culture movement himself – Bernarr Macfadden, originally set up the club in 1903. An advocate of the belief that ‘our bodies are our most glorious possessions, that health wealth is our greatest asset’, he penned over 100 books on health, fitness and sexuality and promoted a dip in the cold winter sea as a boost for stamina, virility and immunity.

So, if you happen to be in New York in the cold months, don’t feel sad or blue, hop on a Q (or some other subway lines that don’t rhyme with blue) and get off at the last stop – Coney Island. Whether or not you choose to get in the water is up to you – the sight of the Polar Bears holding hands in a circle before they enter the water is a super fast acting heart warmer and stopping off for a burger or two at Nathan’s afterwards is equally as rewarding. We like!

http://www.polarbearclub.org/

Also worth supporting - ‘like’ Cha Chas Club of Coney Island to receive Coney Island event updates from the most bad ass bar on the boardwalk – so rock n roll that it is currently threatened with closure thanks to the family friendly corporate makeover that threatens to turn Coney Island into yet another plastic fantastic seaside resort.


The following link also provides some useful Coney Island advice:
coneyislandfunguide.com/Eat-And-Shop

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Other antidotes for winter depression? We recommend red wine – and obviously our topple of choice is a bottle of Isabella – purely for the name.

We also discovered that Starbucks is making their own wine. Spotted Uptown at our local liquor store. We quickly checked on the internet and: ‘to attract evening sales, Starbucks is piloting alcoholic beverages at selected stores … Starbucks will open seven stores in Chicago by the end of 2012. If the concept works, Satrbucks will follow through with stores all over the world.’

And we just had to photograph the El Leon. We heart Washington Heights.

Those that prefer a slower pace should indulge their winter blues in a frustration freezing cream cheese frosted cheesecake. An unbeatable endorphin release. We swear by EileensCheescake.com.


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