More than 100 Rockaway Polar Bears took to the cold ocean at Beach 146 Street on New Year’s Day, although some complained that the 50 degree temperature did not qualify the swimmers as polar bears. Because of the amile weather, more people than usual showed up for the annual event.
Many of the kids present treated the event as just another day at the beach, wandering in and out of the water before the signal to enter the water was given.
The crowd dashes into the water.
Rose Gurry was one of the more senior swimmers on the day.
Lifeguard Lieutenant Janet Fash took part in the event.