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Copyright The A.A. Grapevine, Inc., June 1944

A L O N G     T H E    M E T R O P O L I T A N    C I R C U I T

BROOKLYN.  Well,  you know how Brooklyn is.
Trees grow there,  and so does  A.A.,  but they
don't talk  so much about it.  We think  it  bears
repeating   that   A.A . started  there,   right  on
Clinton   St.  in   Bill's   house.   There   are   still
plenty  of  A.A.'s  around   who  attended  their
first  meeting  there.  Then  Bill and Lois moved
and  for  a  long  time  there  were  no  meetings
in  Brooklyn.

Two   years  ago  last  February,  A.A.  in  New
York had grown enough so that split-offs were
becoming   common.  And    there  was   Brook-
lyn,  big enough  all on  its own  to  have  been
having  meetings  at   the  home  of  one  of   its
members—now  big  enough  to  "hire  a  hall",
where  an  open  meeting  is held  every  Friday
at  8:30  P.M.  Closed  meetings  (for  alcoholics
only)  on  Wednesday  evenings  at  the  home
of  one of  its  members.  Brooklyn  is  growing!

ELIZABETH, N. J.   The  group  is  one of  many
that  started   in   South  Orange.   Captain  Gus
Steffens of  the  Elizabeth  Police  Dept. started
trying    to    rehabilitate    some    local   drunks
known   as   the   "Bottle   Gang".   Then   A.A.
stepped   in.   Result:  a   growing   group.   The
Mayor  and other officials  furnished  a  perfect
meeting   place  gratis.  Now  there  is  also  the
PLAINFIELD,   N. J.  group – an  outgrowth  of
Elizabeth.  So  A.A.  grows.

FLUSHING.   Formerly  an  integral  part  of   the
Forest  Hills group,   the  Flushing  group  held
its  first meeting in  Flushing on March 4, 1943,
and  has enjoyed a steady and  healthy growth
since.  There are now about  35  names  on  the
roster.  The  group  meets  Thursday  evenings
at   the   Good   Citizens   League   Hall,   corner
of  Union  St.  and   Sanford  Ave.  promptly  at
8:30  (A.A.  time).

FOREST HILLS.  Among  the eight or ten shaky
characters  who attended  the  first  meeting  of
the  Forest  Hills  Group some three  years ago,
an   A.A.  dry   six   months   was   an  absolute
authority   on   all   twelve   steps  and  a  "one-
yearer"   was  a  complete  phenomenon.  With
their    small    membership     there    was    little
chance  of  not  hearing  the  same  speakers  at
least every  two weeks,  so these  men  became
very well acquainted indeed.

In the two years this group had grown so there
were enough Nassau and  Suffolk  residents to
launch their own group in Hempstead.  Shortly

thereafter,    the     Jackson    Heights-Flushing
folks commenced  their  meetings  in  Flushing.
So 1944  sees three well-established groups on
Long  Island  with,  at  a  rough  count,  a  total
membership  of  125,  all  offspring of  that  first
little   Forest   Hills  group,   who,   incidentally,
along   with   new   members   still   meet  in  the
Fountain  Room  of  the  Forest Hills  Inn every
Monday  at  8:30  P.M.

THE NEW MANHATTAN GROUP.  A meeting of  all
Manhattanites and  other  A.A.s  living  in  the
Metropolitan  area,  but  affiliated  with  no  su-
burban  group,  was  called  at  the  24th  Street
clubhouse   on    Thursday,   April   13th.   New
York's   senior   representatives   on   the   Inter
Group   Committee   presided.  The  chair   read
a  comprehensive history of  the  expansion  of
A.A. in  the Metropolitan  area,  from   the  time
of   the  meetings  at  Bill's  house  in  Brooklyn
until  today.  The Manhattan  Group  was  then
formed  to  co-ordinate  the  work  of   A.A.  on
this  little  Island.   The  members  participating
then  elected a  Chairman,  to serve six months;
a  Deputy  Chairman,   to  serve  a  year  and  to
automatically   suceed   the   Chairman;  a  Sec-
retary,  and  a Treasurer.  The  name  "Manhat-
tan   Group  of   Alcoholics  Anonymous"  was
adopted–and  the  newest  A.A. Group  in  this
area  was in  business for  itself.

MOUNT VERNON.  Early  in  1943  about  fifteen
members of  the  White Plains  Group,  residing
in   southern   Westchester    County,   decided
there  was  need for a  Group in  that  area.  The
first   meeting  was  held   February  4,  1943,  at
the  Westchester   Women's  Club,   110   Crary
Avenue,  Mount Vernon,  where weekly  Mon-
day evening  meetings  have  since  been  held.
The  Group  now  has  eighty  active  members,
exclusive  of   those  on  duty  with   the  armed
services and those who since have established
residences  elsewhere.

Recently  separate  open   meetings  were  held
with the Medical  Associations of  Mount Ver-
non and Yonkers.

THE NASSAU-SUFFOLK group started  holding
its  meetings  in  Hempstead about a  year  ago.
The  group   originally  started   with  about  15
members   from  the  Forest  Hills  group.   At  a
closed   meeting  last   night   the  Secretary  re-
ported that  we  have  63  members on  the  list.
Hempstead is now  meeting on  Monday night,
instead  of  Tuesday   (open  meetings).
At   the   request  of  a  Long  Island  Veterans'

hospital,  we are  sending  a  delegation  to talk
with  some  World   War  No.  2  veterans.  The
letter  from  the  hospital  authorities says  that
they have heard of  A.A., and that they  would
like  to  know  more  about  it.

Six  new  members  have  come  in,   in  the  last
two  weeks.  Hempstead  group   meets  at  177
Jackson  St.,  Monday and  Friday.

NORTH JERSEY NOTES.  As  we went to press,
bright   prospects  of   a  sell-out  attended  the
South   Orange   group's   spring  dance  which
was held May 13 at the Mablewood  Women's
Club.  Four  such  social  affairs a  year  are  on
the  Jerseyites'  schedule.  The  others  include
an uproarious Hallowe'en party,  a  New Year's
Eve  dinner-dance  and  a  shindig  on  St.  Pat-
rick's Day,  which  is  always a dangerous  time
for  'slips'.   They  also  run  other  socials,  like
the all-day  summer  picnic out  in  the country
and   the  Christmas  Day  reception.  In  recent
weeks   North  Jersey  members   have  spoken
before  several   luncheon  clubs,  such  as  the
South Orange Rotary,  the Newark and  Irving-
ton  Kiwanis and  the Trenton  Optimist  clubs.
An   A.A.  group  among   the  inmates  of   the
State  Reformatory  for  Women at  Clinton,  N.
J.,  has  been  undertaken  under  the  direction
of  the  Morristown  Group.  The  entire  opera-
tion is handled by the inmates,  the  A.A.  peo-
ple assisting  with  literature,  counsel  and ad-
vice.    Similarly,   a    group    within   the   New
Jersey  State  Prison  at  Trenton  is  in  the  ex-
perimental stage.  This unit  was suggested by
a  prisoner  who  wrote  in   to  the  Foundation
office.  Literature,  etc. has  been provided and
North  Jersey  A.A.  members  have  contacted
the prison authorities  with offers of  help.

WHITE PLAINS. Wednesday, May 17th, marks
the third anniversary of  A.A. in White  Plains,
N. Y.   The  whole  thing  started  back  in  1941
when a  handful of  24th  Street  members  held
a dinner meeting in Howard  Johnson's  to dis-
cuss plans  for a Westchester  Group.  We feel
that  the  cooperation  of  24th  Street  and  the
Central  Office  has aided  immeasurably in our
growth.  The Grapevine should  go far  in  this
direction, too, and should be a tremendous aid
in  cementing  metropolitan group relations.  In
unity  there is  strength!  Good  luck  and  keep
'em   rolling!   (We  mean   the  presses.)   Open
meetings, Wednesday, 8:30 P.M., Westchester
Republican  Headquarters,   Martine  and  Ma-
maroneck Avenues.

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