Bridging a Community with Ping-Pong

Good provides free ping-pong balls and paddles under the table in hopes of creating a sense of community in the East Village.


Deep in the heart of Tompkins Square Park in the East Village, there is a ping-pong table that is more than just an ordinary table. “It’s a social tool,” said Alan Good, the designer and current President of the architectural company Henge.

By supplying free paddles and balls under the table, Good hopes it might encourage people to pause and interact with each other. “Think of this as a pub. you hang out, you see things. Even if you don’t play, you might stop and hear what people are saying- especially people of different political stripes.”

Since its installation in late March, the table has garnered good feedback from the community. “Several nearby stores have agreed to stock additional peddles, and I’ve seen many people playing. It’s great,” Good said, “I’m not supposed to say this but I like people climbing and skating on this. Because that’s discovery.”


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