For those of you who remember the Seinfeld episode on 'shrinkage', here's an event for you: the annual Polar Bear Swim took place as scheduled on New Year's Day, in Coney Island, Brooklyn.
The name sums the event up well - strip to one's knickers, undies or whatnot, hop crazily down the beach and jump into the ocean. Some of the undergarments are something to behold. Eek.
For a series of great photos of this year's event, check out a slideshow on the New York Magazine site, here.
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