NYC’s first baby of 2013…or is it?

Posted at 3:47 PM, Jan 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-01 18:30:44-05

While the city was racking up firsts after the 2013 countdown, first kisses, first confetti drops, another first occurred — New York City’s first baby of 2013.

It was initially believed that the first baby was born in New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn at 12:54 a.m. to parents Benjamin Brown and Jungmin Oh.

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Baby Gina Brown was born to proud parents Jungmin Oh and Benjamin Brown. (Photo: Courtesy of the family)

“We heard everybody having a little party out in the hallway,” said the first-time parents after giving birth to their seven-pound two-ounce little bundle of joy named Gina Florence Brown.

However, New York Hospital Queens announced that they had welcomed the first baby born in 2013 in New York City at 12 a.m.


Olivia Espinal was born at 12 a.m. on January 1, 2013. (New York Hospital Queens)

Olivia, weighing seven pounds and five ounces, was born to proud parents Rosemary Espinal and Freddy Pena.

(Photo: New York Hospital Queens)

(Photo: New York Hospital Queens)

“Her due date was January 4 so we were very surprised and excited. We didn’t think she would be born at midnight,” says mother, Rosemary Espinal.

The proud family posed for pictures and received a $250 gift card and a basket of flowers from the hospital.