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Watch L Street Brownies Take Their Annual Plunge in the Ice Cold Atlantic

  • Snack Bar at JFK Red Line T Station

    JFK T stop on the Red Line near UMass Boston, Dorchester, MA (map)

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  • Snack Bar inside JFK station
  • We'll meet at the snack bar inside JFK Red Line Station where it's warm and walk to the L Street Bathhouse at Curley Community Center. (If you want to meet us along the walk, please contact the organizer to let us know.) If you want to get wet, we can hold your towel!

    We will be at the bathhouse at 9:50am. Here's the address is you are running late.

    L Street Bathhouse @ Curley Community Center 1663 Columbia Road, Carson Beach, South Boston, MA.

    South Boston's L Street Brownies on New Year's Day. Are these people crazy . . . or just incredibly fit and brave? Would you like to try it?

    Ever since 1904, the L Street Brownies celebrate the New Year by plunging into the icy waters of Dorchester Bay and raising money for local charities. If you're visiting Boston and want to have a true "insider" experience of our real culture - head to Carson Beach/L Street Beach for this famous Boston event on January 1.

    Between about 500 and 1,000 swimmers participate in the New Year event. An Irish band usually plays until they also jump in the water. A large crowd of friends and onlookers cheer them on while passing around towels, vitamin C, and flasks.

    Many of the L Street Brownies, a polar bear swim club formed in 1902 and named after the L Street Bathhouse in South Boston, swim here daily throughout the year. Although most members appear to be 50-something or younger, a number are in their 80s and 90s and attribute their strong immune systems to the daily exercise and icy water.

    When: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 10am (Registration for those making the plunge starts at 9:30am) - Times to be confirmed for 2014
    Where: L Street Bathhouse at Curley Community Center [masked]), 1663 Columbia Road, Carson Beach, South Boston
    Closest T station: Red Line/JFK-UMass Station; walk half a mile to the Curley Community Center. Alternately, take the T Red Line to Broadway Station and transfer to the #9 or #11 City Point bus.
    Note: MBTA subway and buses run on a holiday schedule in New Year's Day; expect more of a wait than usual
    Parking: Available along Day Blvd
    Cost: Free

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  • Suzanne S

    We've got 2 so far who want to get wet!

    December 24, 2013

  • Sue S.

    I might be crazy enough to join you.

    1 · December 22, 2013

  • Karen

    I plan to take the plunge ? Anyone else crazy enough to join me ?

    1 · December 22, 2013


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