Get Moving New Year’s Day With Brisk Walk, Chilly Dip
Despite the urge to stay up late and welcome the New Year on the night of December 31, there is some reason to hit the sack early and prepare for the many events taking place on the peninsula on New Year’s Day.
In fact, Rockaway residents can choose from a brisk walk on the beach and an attempt to contact New Jersey by mirror or take one of several chilly dips in the Atlantic Ocean.
At 10 a.m., a group of intrepid Rockaway residents called the Rockaway Penguins hit the surf at beach 117 Street.
That choice between dipping and walking starts at 11 a.m., when the Fort Tilden Beach Walk begins at the Fort Tilden flagpole and when the residents of the new Arverne By The Sea complex hit the waves at Beach 69 Street for its second annual New Year’s Day dip.
At noon, there are several dips to choose from. The largest on the peninsula, rivaling the famous Coney Island Polar Bears, is the Rockaway Polar Bears, usually about 250 strong, who hit the waves at Beach 146 Street. This is the only dip that is officially sanctioned, sort of, by the New York Parks Department and there are EMT’s and park enforcement police on scene to assist in case of an emergency.
Why don’t they all get together? Because, organizers say, this is Rockaway and everybody wants their own little piece of the New Year’s Day pie.