CONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn (PIX11) — Crowds of chill-seekers kicked off 2023 with a dash into the surf at Coney Island on Sunday in the annual Polar Bear Club New Year’s Day Plunge.

The teeth-chattering tradition benefits neighborhood nonprofits and community causes, including environmental and educational programming, the arts, and more.

Plunge participants got off relatively easy this year, with New York City high temperatures cracking the 50s.