THE BRONX (PIX11) -- New York City is welcoming its newest natives -- and it didn't take long.
Less than fifteen minutes after the ball dropped and the city rang in the new year, at least three babies -- all boys -- were born in NYC.
The HHC Coney Island Hospital took credit for the first reported birth, a boy born exactly at midnight, weighing 8 pounds, 8 ounces.
Just one second after that, a boy was born at Jack D. Weiler Hospital in the Bronx, according to the Montefiore Health System.
The little boy, named Elijah Zachary, is 19.5 inches and weighs 7 pounds 10 ounces. He and his mother, Angela Ortega, are doing well.
Ortega said she went into labor at 11:58 p.m. Wednesday and two minutes later, baby Elijah was out.
"I wished for it," Ortega said of her New Year's Day birth. "I didn't think it was really gonna happen, though."
Another baby boy was born at HHC Metropolitan Hospital at 12:12 a.m., weighing 5 pounds 7.8 ounces, that hospital said.