2019 New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge at Coney Island

by NYJ Team

PRESS RELEASE:

CONEY ISLAND, November 12th, 2018 – It’s no secret that Coney Island has been the birthplace for fun since the turn of the century. Celebrating its 115th year, the originators of the time honored tradition of the Polar Bear Plunge are proud to announce a partnership with local non-profit organizations to help their neighborhood: Coney Island.

The Plunge, taking place on January 1st, 2019  is a free event, however individuals and teams must register to participate and are encouraged to fundraise for the cause. Walk-up registrants are welcome and are encouraged to arrive early, as on-site registration will open at 10 a.m., and the first wave of plungers start at 1PM sharp.

Last year, despite freezing temperatures, the plunge raised over $40,000. For 2019, the goal is to raise $80,000 which will all go toward local Coney Island nonprofits including the Alliance for Coney Island, New York Aquarium, Coney Island USA, Coney Island History Project as well as other arts and community organizations.  Supporters of Coney Island can show their commitment by fundraising to help ensure the growth and livelihood of this iconic destination and neighborhood.  Funds help support free events such as Friday Night Fireworks, arts programs, environmental and educational programming, and continue to improve quality of life issues and support workforce development programs for the Coney Island neighborhood which is home to over 50,000 residents.

To register or learn more about the 115th annual Polar Bear Plunge in Coney Island, please visit: www.polarbearclub.org

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Alliance for Coney Island

The not-for-profit Alliance for Coney Island, Inc. is a private-public partnership dedicated to continuing the year-round revitalization of Coney Island. The Alliance represents local businesses, nonprofits, and the community, with support from the New York City Council, the Brooklyn Borough President and New York City Economic Development Corporation. More info at www.AllianceforConeyIsland.org.

The Coney Island Polar Bear Club

The Coney Island Polar Bear Club is the oldest winter bathing organization in the United States. We swim in the Atlantic Ocean at Coney Island every Sunday from November through April. Since 1903, we have been hosting a public New Year’s Day Plunge for all brave souls to welcome the New Year. While the event is free, we do encourage plungers to make a donation to our charity sponsors. In the past decade, the Club has raised over $500,000 to support charities. This year we are supporting the NY Aquarium, the Alliance for Coney Island and local non-profit community organizations in the Coney Island Community.

9th Annual Coney Island Children’s Halloween Parade

by NYJ Team

PRESS RELEASE:

CONEY ISLAND, October 26th, 2018 – The Alliance for Coney Island, in partnership with Councilman Treyger, State Senator Savino, and parade sponsors Paul’s Daughter, Applebee’s Grill & Bar, Liberty Coke and CBS’s new prime-time show “God Friended Me” present the 9th Annual Coney Island Children’s Halloween Parade on Tuesday, October 30th 2018.

This annual event brings a day of “spooktacular” family fun and entertainment for children to celebrate Halloween and participate in a costume contest showing off their creativity. Welcoming children 14 years of age and younger, they can enjoy a wide variety of activities including face painting, bounce houses, caricature art, magic shows and of course, the official Coney Island Halloween Costume Contest. Participants will he judged in the following categories for their chance to win great prizes: Best Group Costume, Most Creative Costume, Funniest Costume, Best Handmade Costume and lastly, Best Overall Costume. Beginning at 4pm, participants can register at the MCU Park located at 1904 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11224. Media outlets are not only welcomed to revel, but are also encouraged to interview, photograph and video the day’s activities.

WHO: Alliance for Coney Island
WHAT: 9th Annual Coney Island Coney Island Children’s Halloween Parade
WHERE: MCU Park, 1904 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11224
WHEN: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 | 4PM – 6:30PM
PRESS TIME: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 | 4PM – 6:30PM

Alliance for Coney Island

The not-for-profit Alliance for Coney Island, Inc. is a private-public partnership dedicated to continuing the year-round revitalization of Coney Island. The Alliance represents local businesses, nonprofits, and the community, with support from the New York City Council, the Brooklyn Borough President and New York City Economic Development Corporation. More info at www.AllianceforConeyIsland.org.

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Strawberry Fields | Pays tribute to the late Beatle, John Lennon

by NYJ Team

There is nothing to get hung about in Strawberry Fields, a must-see destination for Beatles fans in New York City. This peaceful area of Central Park is a tribute to the late musician, songwriter and peace activist John Lennon. It’s directly across from where Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono lived at the Dakota Apartments, and where he was murdered. Before his death Lennon and Ono were often seen strolling in this area of the park.

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Quiet Retreat

Designed in the shape of a teardrop, this 2.5 acre space is named for the Beatles’ song “Strawberry Fields Forever.” It was re-landscaped with the help of a $1 million donation from Yoko Ono and was re-opened on the 45th anniversary of John Lennon’s birth, October 9th, 1985. Towering elms shade the serene park with is dotted with flowers and shrubs.

Imagine Circle

The focal point of Strawberry Fields is the Imagine mosaic. Located in the center of Strawberry Fields, this ornate black and white piece of art symbolizes the message of Lennon’s song Imagine: the hope for a world without war and strife.

Each year on the anniversary of John Lennon’s death (as well as on his birthday) visitors from all over the world make their way to the Imagine Circle to reflect on his life in a place that he loved.

Visiting Strawberry Fields in New York City

Strawberry Fields is located near Central Park West between 71st and 74th Streets.

For more information, visit Strawberry Fields official website.

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