It's going to be a downright balmy day, with a high in the mid-50s, so if you ever considered jumping into the Atlantic Ocean on January 1st, this is the January 1st for you! Last year Polar Bear swimmers also got weather in the 50s, but there was snow on the ground, which can really psych a person out. This year, it's all clear skies (full hearts, can't lose), so there's nothing to stop you. And the Coney Island Polar Bear Club is the oldest winter bathing organization in the United States, so you'll be out there with the experts.
The club's New Year's Day swim is open to the public, and they'll be assembling on the Boardwalk at Stillwell Avenue before the 1 p.m. swim. They note that you should bring "warm clothes, surf boots or old sneakers, towels, and definitely bring your camera." Send us your photos or tag them "Gothamist" on Flickr if you are there taking the plunge (or as a spectator).