2006_01_newbaby.jpgAs ever, it's a showdown between Manhattan and Brooklyn: The first babies born in the five boroughs in 2006 are split between two teeny, tiny babies born at 12:01 yesterday. Little Vicky Tang, weighing at 7 pounds, 12 ounces greeted the world at NY Downtown Hospital (the Post reports that a TV was on nearby) while 5 pound, 11 ounce Zahi Saher was born at Coney Island Hospital - 11 minutes after his mom was taken to the hospital! Newsday says that Saher's mother wasn't expecting for another three weeks, and apparently that when she arrived, people were telling her she could be the one to have the first baby of 2006. Well, that certainly beats Gothamist's New Year's celebrations - we just broke a noisemaker and avoided vomit on the way home. Hooray for babies, even though their strollers block too much of the sidewalk!

Gothamist loves hearing about the new babies of 2006 because they represent the hopes of dreams of the city. And, usually, a photo op with the Mayor awkwardly holding a baby and/or wearing a funny sweater (see 2004, 2005).

Photograph of Zahi Saher and his mother from Newsday; photograph of Vicky Tang and her mother from the NY post