Ping-Pong, Reinvented

by Grace Handy

Alan Good moved to Manhattan at 18 and devoted the next thirty years of his life to professional dance. Now, at 56, Good owns Henge, a concrete table tennis platform company with four tables in the Tri-state area and more budding across the country.

Good standing next to one of his concrete tables in New York's Tompkins Square Park

Good’s attention-grabbing concept has been embraced by New Yorkers, with financial support for each table coming from local establishments. The tables, built in highly pedestrian areas, serve as a kind of dual social tool and art structure.

Good enjoys being at the helm of this fun, organic activity, with people from all sorts of backgrounds stopping, playing, and interacting. As Good says of his intriguing business and art model, “You set something up, you watch what happens.”

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