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Brave bathers race into frigid ocean off Coney Island for annual Polar Bear Plunge

CONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn — New Yorkers stripped down Monday and raced into the Atlantic Ocean to ring in 2018.

The Polar Bear Club took their annual dip in 16 degree weather around 1 p.m. Water temperatures were in the mid-40s.

The hundreds of brave New Yorkers were some of the few to take the dip Monday; bitter cold temperatures in New Jersey forced several towns to postpone their polar bear plunges.

Polar Bear Club members have been hosting annual plunge event since 1903.