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History

The Club lead a somewhat nomadic existence through the late 1980's into the 90's. The former meeting place used for decades was buried under the sand when the beach was raised. For a few seasons the club met in an old above ground lifeguard station near 25th Street, no man's land we called it, far removed from the Coney Island amusement zone and out of the public eye. Membership dwindled, often only five or six people would show up to swim each week.

Then we moved to another lifeguard station in Brighton Beach, again far from the heart of Coney Island. In the 90's we found ourselves back in the amusement zone, meeting and changing in a latrine trailer parked on the boardwalk. Dark days indeed. Recently, through the efforts of one of our members Patricia Monica, we have been able to secure a new clubhouse in the New York Aquarium. With heat and running water the Polar Bears have never had it so good. We gratefully acknowledge this gift from the Aquarium and hope to sustain a strong relationship with them into the distant future.

Polar Bears, remembered

Indian Larry (1949-2004) was a motorcycle artist, Polar Bear and dear friend. He will be missed.

www.indianlarry.com




John "ice cube" Sineno (aka John the poet)
John passed on March 22, 2005, a long time member of both the Coney Island Polar Bear Club and the Iceberg Athletic Club. Although John hasn't been able to swim with the club for a number of years now, he will be remembered by the old timers for his warmth (ironic isn't it?). It is said that John, a winter bather for over 50 years, once went 7 years without missing his daily swim at Coney, a proud record we all envy.

Anthony Sayegh (1961-2006)
Anthony, you are a great example of  what a  "man's man" is. I will never forget you, you are in my prayerbook for life. Please take care of our Polar Bears in heaven, watch over us as we swim and please ask the Lord to give us a really cold winter in 2007 with icy seas and much snow. Peace. Louie Scarcella, President, Coney Island Polar Bear Club.







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