By Grace Whitney
Just a few weeks after its installation in Tompkins Square Park, the concrete ping-pong table now in permanent residence has become a major point of community in the East Village. Alan Good, the table’s inventor, couldn’t be more thrilled.
“There’s been people playing in the rain at night, a little crowd gathering.” Says Good. “That is actually both the brand of the company and the goal of the table. I think of it not so much as a cool object you can play table tennis on, but more like a bar, where you can hang out.”
Good, a classically-trained dancer, designed the table to foster a community in this urban space. “Put an object in a certain place and people react to it…It’s about how people pause and evaluate and interact with each other, especially different political views.”