First NYC Baby Of 2019 Born To Kew Gardens Hills Couple

First NYC Baby Of 2019 Born To Kew Gardens Hills Couple

By Sergey Kadinsky

On an evening when most New Yorkers were counting down the seconds for the crystal ball to drop above Times Square, Kew Gardens Hills couple Adina and Eli Derdick were at Long Island Jewish hospital in New Hyde Park expecting a child. At seven seconds into 2019, their 7-pound, 13-ounce boy was born, making him the first city baby born in the new year. “It was an amazing moment,” said Adina, 24, to Newsday. “We had a cheering squad. We had the ball dropping in the background.”

With his name to be given at his bris milah, the staff nicknamed the Derdick’s second boy 007, after the number of seconds into the year that he was born, and a nod to the fictional spy James Bond, who went by this number as his calling card. “It’s sort of exciting, but the day doesn’t have as much meaning for us,” said grandfather David Linn, in reference to the secular New Year’s Day. “The hospital was buzzing. The press filled the room.”

For Linn, this winter has been a season of continued celebration. “We had another daughter who gave birth to a boy two weeks ago.”

Within minutes of 007’s birth, Linn’s phone was also buzzing with calls and texts. “Everyone was reaching out to us, from as far as Baltimore and Florida.”

As he looks forward to the boy’s shalom zachor and bris, he added that he does not know the actual name that Adina and Eli will assign to their newborn. “It won’t be James Bond. I can tell you that.”

By Sergey Kadinsky

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