I had no idea they were still around. NY Times - Manhattan’s Littlest Soldiers
The Knickerbocker Greys is an organization for children ages 6 to 16, and it has been something of an Upper East Side institution since 1881 — though the typical response of most people in the neighborhood upon the mention of its name is, “Good God, does something like that still exist?”
Last summer, an article in a publication put out by the Social Register (Good God, does that still exist?) made note of the Greys’ 125th anniversary and described it as “a kind of Junior R.O.T.C. or Scouts with, if you like, a more pronounced military bent.”
I could have been a cadet. I know, hard to believe. I grew up as a kid in the same social milieu in NYC. Now look at me. My maternal uncle was in the Greys about 90 years ago (he died last September at aged 96 years). Which one of the current crop of Greys will grow up just like some of the students in Lindsay Anderson's If.....?