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‘Not the Brightest Idea I’ve Ever Had’: Images From This Year’s Freezing Polar Bear Plunge

I’ve gotta admit, having shot the Coney Island Polar Bear Club’s annual Polar Bear Plunge for the last six or seven years, this was the coldest one I’ve ever photographed. On New Year’s Day, over a thousand participants braved the record-cold temperatures and harsh ice conditions, gathering on the boardwalk at Stillwell Avenue before moving to the beach, where they promptly ran into the frigid water. I stayed in the water from beginning to end — not the brightest idea I’ve ever had. By the time I got back to the car, my pants and jacket were frozen solid, and we had to cut my boots off my feet with a knife.

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Cosplay Nation: 41 of New York Comic Con’s Freakiest Geeks

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Pride Parade 2017

Photos from New York City’s Pride Parade on June 25, 2017

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Portraits From A Holi Celebration In The Bronx

Holi, the Hindu spring festival of colors, was celebrated for the sixth year in the Bronx last weekend with music, debauchery, and powdered paint.

Derived from Holi, or Phagwa, which is traditionally commemorated by throwing colorful paint and powder at participants, this event brought together New Yorkers from across the spectrum, vendors, and DJs for a day of chromatic celebration.

 

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Photos: The Triumphant Faces of The Women’s March on Washington

Millions of people across the world gathered the day after President Trump’s Inauguration to stand up for equality — and some experts are saying it was the largest civil rights demonstration in U.S. history.

Washington, D.C. hosted the main event of the Women’s March, and the crowd — roughly 500,000 people — was so large that the initial route for the march was cancelled. Demonstrators peacefully flooded the streets, their cheers rolling down the Mall and bouncing off the city’s vacant office buildings.

Jessica Lehrman and C.S. Muncy were there for the Voice. We also interviewed participants here and here.

 

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Photos: Trump’s Inauguration is Met With Jeers, Bricks, and Empty Bleachers

We’ve all seen the photos: fewer people showed up to see Donald J. Trump’s Presidential Inauguration than expected.

A few blocks from the sparse crowds along the parade route, demonstrators locked arms and shut down security checkpoints. Protesters threw bricks at police vehicles and set fire to a limousine while police shot flash bangs and pepper spray.

Photographers C.S. Muncy and Jessica Lehrman were there for the Voice.

Along the parade route, sparse crowds made it easy to walk up front to the barricades.
Along the parade route, sparse crowds made it easy to walk up front to the barricades.
Protesters blocking checkpoints were arrested.
Protesters blocking checkpoints were arrested.

Police liberally applied pepper spray to groups of protesters.
Police liberally applied pepper spray to groups of protesters.

A National Guardsman stands in front of a bank window broken by protesters.
A National Guardsman stands in front of a bank window broken by protesters.
A police officer takes aim with what appears to be a gun that shoots rubber bullets.
A police officer takes aim with what appears to be a gun that shoots rubber bullets.
Police ordinance explodes near a photographer.
Police ordinance explodes near a photographer.

Protesters set fire to a limousine.
Protesters set fire to a limousine.

Protesters set fire to garbage cans.
Protesters set fire to garbage cans.
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Writers Resist Trump at the NYPL

Yesterday thousands of writers, artists, and human beings concerned about our president-elect’s disdain for freedom of expression gathered outside the NYPL’s main branch at 5th Avenue and 42nd Street for Writers Resist: #LouderTogether

Poet laureates Rita Dove and Robert Pinsky read “inaugural works,” and the group later marched to Trump tower. C.S. Muncy was there for the Voice.

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PBR Rodeo At Madison Square Garden

Perhaps the largest annual assemblage of cowboy hats in New York City, the PBR Rodeo rolled into MSG on Saturday night. C.S. Muncy was there for the Voice.

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Swimmers Dive Into 2017 at the Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge

Every New Year’s Day hundreds of hardy souls gather at Coney Island to take a dip in the ocean. This year’s event saw temperatures in the low ’50s (is that auspicious or portentous?), but it was still bracing way to begin what will surely be a challenging year.

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Thousands Protest President-Elect Donald Trump

Thousands of New Yorkers, distraught by the prospect of having Donald J. Trump as their president and commander in chief, gathered in Union Square and marched through the streets to Trump Tower last night.

The protesters took to the streets at around 6:30 p.m., forcing traffic to a standstill as they snaked uptown, arriving at Trump’s building at 5th Avenue and 57th Street, which was ringed by barricades, sand trucks, and scores of NYPD officers.

“I’m worried about these people. I’m worried about our country. I’m worried for anything with a beating heart,” Jessie Carter told the Voice.
You can read the rest of the story here.

 

All photos by C.S. Muncy for The Village Voice.