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It’s been a bone-chilling week in NYC. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Thousands of New Yorkers braved the icy waters off of Coney Island on New Years Day (Brooklyn Vegan) —  See pictures of the 114th annual New Years’ Day Polar Bear plunge.

Nuclear fallout shelters signs throughout the city will be removed (WNYC) — Don’t worry, they were misleading, anyway.

Prospect Park is now entirely car-free (Bklyner) — As of Jan. 2, the full loop of Prospect Park’s interior drive is off-limits to cars, giving free reign to cyclists, runners and pedestrians.

The city makes progress in plans to shut down Rikers Island  (New York Post) — In order to close Rikers Island by summer 2018, the city needs to reduce its inmate population. As of Jan. 1, it’s at the lowest level since 1982.

$900M Starrett City sale gets the green light (The New York Times) — A state Supreme Court judge in Brooklyn approved the sale of Starrett City in the East New York section of Brooklyn, the nation’s largest federally subsidized apartment complex.

Red Hook got a major shout-out in Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address (Brownstoner) — In his annual address, Governor Cuomo proposed a new subway stop and the residential redevelopment of 130 acres of publicly owned land in Red Hook.

A “bomb cyclone’ hit New York City with heavy wind, snow and ice (Business Insider) — On Thursday, the city got an eight-inch blanket of snow. Temperatures are predicted to drop close to zero over the weekend.

This year couldn’t get any colder, but here are 18 things NYC can look forward to in 2018 (Curbed) — New MTA countdown clocks, the expansion of Hudson Yards, and the restoration of the TWA terminal all make Curbed’s list.

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