Adina’s father, 49-year-old Dave Linn, said at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park the staff was screening the Times Square ball drop in the background as his daughter was in active labor.
The newborn was 7 pounds and 13 ounces, and a nurse gave the boy the nickname “007,” which plays upon the time he was born.
“They had no idea if the birth would be close to midnight, but they were told that my grandson would be one of the first born,” said Linn, whose other daughter gave birth to a boy just a couple of weeks ago.
Linn said the New Year’s birth was exciting and fun, but a little overwhelming.
“The most special aspect is having a healthy baby and a loving family to celebrate with,” he said. “I certainly didn’t think that it would have been such a big deal to be one of the first babies born. Pulling up to the hospital and seeing the news vans outside and being present when they all came into the room was not something that any of us expected.
“People are reaching out to us from everywhere,” Linn added. “I even saw an article in a Hebrew newspaper from Israel.”
Linn and his family are Jewish, and it is an Orthodox tradition to name a baby boy on the eighth day during the ceremonial circumcision, or Bris.
“Until that time, we don’t refer to him with a name,” Linn explained. “They are usually named after a family member who is no longer with us, which brings some meaning to the name.”
Linn was raised across the street from the Sephardic Jewish Center on 108th Street, and his wife Sandy was also raised in Forest Hills after immigrating from Brazil. Five generations are linked to Queens on both sides of Linn’s family.
Adina is a graphic designer, and Eli just graduated from York College with a master's degree. He will work as a physician's assistant at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens.
“If he grows up to be like either of his parents, he will be a very special boy,” Linn said.
Linn runs The Generosity Series, a fundraising platform for nonprofits that organizes 5K runs and walks. He also teaches business law and writing as an adjunct professor at Queens College, as well as serving the Jewish Heritage Center of Kew Gardens Hills as Gabbai.
“We spend a lot of time together as a family,” he said. “Nothing gives us more pleasure than to hang out with our kids and grandkids.”