Clean-water advocate Christopher Swain said, "The poop was expected" after emerging from the water.
More than 2,500 people swam in the ocean for the New Year's Day tradition, organizers said.
Sunbathers at Staten Island's South Beach stopped for a photo and a chat.
DNAinfo New York rounded up the best places in the city to take your dog for a dip.
Steven Middleton, 21, jumped off a pier to swim with three friends, police sources said.
Agnes Davis, president and CEO of swim, swim, swim I Say, teaches classes at P.S. 125 in West Harlem.
NYC Swim, which also organizes a swim around Governors Island, warned it is ending some future events.
The event will raise money for free swim classes for public school students.
The complex's pool would be open to co-op owners but not renters.
Pat Perretta coaches the Simply Tri program at Asphalt Green, which he said saved his life.
Diana Nyad, who swam from Cuba to Florida, is raising money for Hurricane Sandy victims.
These mass transit-accessible parks make it possible for car-free city dwellers to enjoy Mother Nature.
The move by the Y, which was following its national policy, sparked debate among Harlem parents.
There are some cheap, relatively short trips to Long Island to enjoy this summer.
It's easy to find the same New York fun without the gigantic crowds.
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