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To Polar Bears, cold-water plunge is cheap therapy, nature's church
To Polar Bears, cold-water plunge is cheap therapy, nature's church

On the plus side, the ocean waves were rolling, not frozen in mid-curl, and the calendar read March, so the city's third-coldest February on record was over. Nevertheless, it was undeniably, brutally cold as snow fell on the sand at Coney Island on Sunday and wind whipped in off the gray Atlantic. In other words, it was a perfect day for a swim, said Louis Padilla as he and about 50 members of the Polar Bear Club ambled over the icy boardwalk, scampered across the snow-covered sand, and plunged into the water for a few frozen moments. Never has foul weather kept Coney Island's Polar Bears from their 112-year-old Sunday ritual, which members swear boosts the immune system,...

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