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Make Way for White Kids

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God knows we got as much mileage out of the "Park Slope is a yuppie-kid Petri dish" meme as anyone. Part of its appeal, to be completely honest, is that it allows us to report on parental foibles while holding up the fraying illusion of Manhattan as a swingin' 21-and-over club. Well, time to face facts: New Times research shows that the number of kids under 5 on the island has grown by an astonishing 32 percent since 2000. Responsible for at least half of that are white families with a median household income of — get ready — $284,208 a year. Which, we suppose, makes sense, since who else can afford to procreate in Manhattan these days? What we didn't know is that there are enough white-and-wealthy toddlers out there to outnumber, for the first time, the area's African-American and Hispanic kids. (The study, sadly, does not provide stats on black kids "mistakenly" born into white families.) In Surge in Manhattan Toddlers, Rich White Families Lead Way [NYT]

300 Millionth American Born in New York! (Except Not Necessarily)

The Census Bureau, as you no doubt read, announced that the nation's population would officially hit 300 million at 7:46 this morning. It's an exciting milestone for the country, no doubt, but it became ever more exciting for us as New Yorkers when a press release arrived with word the magic 300 millionth had been born right here in New York. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center — and, boy, wasn't life easier back when it was just Columbia Presbyterian? — scheduled a news conference this afternoon to introduce this 300 millionth baby, Zoë Emille Hudson, delivered on the Upper East Side. We wondered how Presbyterian got so lucky to get this milestone baby, so we called up the PR contact listed on the press release to ask. A few hours later, someone called back. Daily Intel: So how do you know you have the 300 millionth? Hospital flack: Of course we don't know. We just know we had a baby born at 7:46, and that was the time the census had set for the 300 millionth American. Daily Intel: So was it all a PR event? Hospital flack: I know that Elmhurst Hospital did something today. I heard Maimonides did something. So that's three in the New York area that all had babies at 7:46. We got some national coverage. CNN was here, ABC evening news was here. I know Good Morning America was going to go down and do something in Atlanta. So there's got to be places all over that had their babies and did stories locally. Daily Intel: You know, the the Times article today said demographers think the 300 millionth probably happened months ago. Do you have a rival candidate? Hospital flack: No clue.