Grandma Born In New York Gets Surprise Return Trip At 96

A 96-year-old grandma who was born in New York has gone viral after her granddaughter surprised her with a return trip to the Big Apple more than seven decades after she left. The moment aptly took place after Patricia Hoefling had watched The Rockettes on TV, reminiscing about her younger years in the city and her love of the holiday season dance group. Patricia was born in Greenwich Village in 1925, and after attending college outside of the city, she eventually left in 1946. Granddaughter Shelby Hoefling, 30, had often chatted to Patricia about her love of the Rockettes, and so she decided to plan a festive surprise. Shelby thought Thanksgiving would be the perfect time, as the group were set to perform in the Macy's Day Parade. After Patricia had watched the group on TV, Shelby presented her grandmother with the gift. There was a series of envelopes spelling out New York; an envelope with Rockettes tickets inside; and additional hints at the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, bagel spots, and a return visit to Greenwich Village. The gesture brought the 96-year-old to tears with Patricia's family capturing the moment on video.
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Location: New York, New York, USA
  • Date Acquired12-01-2021
  • Date Filmed11-25-2021
  • OrientationVertical
  • Footage TypeCell Phone
  • Rights TV & Digital, Commercial, Publishing

Grandma Born In New York Gets Surprise Return Trip At 96


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