It all began when Robert would check-in on Facebook every week when he had lunch with his Grandma. Kristina told him he should start a blog about it. Then Kristina realized that since living with her Grandma she, too, often posted about her Grandma on Facebook and that people were avid followers of anything Grandma-related. Thus Lunch With Grandma was born.
Kristina’s Grandma moved to New York from China by boat in 1935, just before the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War, because her husband was transferred to the New York office of the Bank of China. She was 28 and a mother of two young children, one of whom was left in Hong Kong until she could come to America by boat accompanied by her grandma. Grandma has lived in New York (Brooklyn and Manhattan) ever since, had three more children, and has 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren (with one on the way). She used to go to banquets with Madame Chiang Kai-Shek and now hangs out in Gramercy Park with Matthew McConaughey. She is currently 105.
Robert’s Grandma left Poland in 1938 when she was 19 years old, first living with an aunt in New Jersey before settling in the East Village in 1940. Shortly after moving to the city, at a club for young Polish Jews, she met the man that would be her husband for 66 years. After having two children, they moved into their current apartment building in 1948, and in 1950 found a nice two bedroom apartment where she has lived ever since. She’s very proud of her two children, her six grandchildren, and her four great-grandchildren, and isn’t afraid to tell you. When she’s not eating at the diner Little Poland, she’s stopping Rachel Dratch on the street to tell her she did a good job on Saturday Night Live. She’s 94.
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