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Gotham’s first New Year’s baby was born in Brooklyn — at the stroke of midnight! - Brooklyn Paper

Gotham’s first New Year’s baby was born in Brooklyn — at the stroke of midnight!

Hello my pretty!: Samantha Nieves,left, and Shannon Willis of Crown Heights celebrate the arrival of their baby girl Shannon-Lee Willis at New York Methodist Hospital on Jan. 1. The infant had the distinction of being the Big Apple’s first baby of 2014.
New York Methodist Hospital

Oh baby!

Shannon-Lee Willis of Crown Heights stole the spotlight from the ball drop at Times Square on Jan. 1, when she arrived at the stroke of midnight to high fives and fist pumps at New York Methodist Hospital, which said the precious infant girl’s buzz-worthy entrance made her Gotham’s first newborn of 2014.

The doe-eyed darling tipped the scales at 7 pounds, 14 ounces, and embraced her star power by snoozing peacefully in the arms of exhausted-but-ecstatic mom Samantha Nieves, while doting dad Shannon Willis hovered protectively over his family.

There was plenty of back slapping among the triumphant staffers.

“We were delighted to welcome the first New York City baby born in 2014, but even more pleased that she is healthy, as well as adorable,” said spokeswoman Lyn Hill.

Brooklyn’s other first babies opted for a more leisurely debut.

Tyson Yu opened his eyes to a brand new world at 4:48 am at Lutheran Medical Center, delivering glad tidings to his thrilled parents — mom Chen Ya Ting and dad Long Yu of Sunset Park — who could not stop gazing at their 6-pound bundle of cuteness.

Workers there handed it to Tyson.

“He took his time,” said hospital spokesman Neal Gorman. “He wanted to make sure Times Square was all cleaned up.”

Courier Life Publications and the Community Newspaper Group extend congratulations and good wishes to all the 2014 babies and their families.

Oh boy!: Tyson Yu, the first baby of 2014 at Lutheran Medical Center, catches some Zs in the arms of proud mom Chen Ya Ting of Sunset Park.
Photo by Arthur De Gaeta

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