NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The long Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the summer driving and beach season.
Thousands are hitting the road and getting out of town this holiday weekend while others will stick around and hit area beaches.
Beachgoers flocked to Coney Island to kick off the unofficial start of summer, CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported.
But as the title “unofficial” suggests, Saturday’s temperatures were not exactly cooperating, leaving those who did brave the water feeling numb.
“Crazy cold, but great; refreshing some would say, others would say you’re crazy. I am,” said Gabriella, a tourist from Ecuador.
“It was like a freezer. (But still, you did it.) I did it because if you come to the beach, you get in the water,” said Javier Cruz, another tourist from Ecuador.
Over at Midland Beach on Staten Island, 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten ran into Robert, who was trying to acclimate himself to the chilly water.
“Yea it’s a little bit (cold),” he said. “Testing it out though, it’s been pretty cold recently. I’m kind of waiting for the sun to come out and stay out. I feel like we’ve gotten glimpses here and there but it really hasn’t felt like summer yet, so I’m hoping to start the summer today.”