Ping Pong Table In Tompkins Square Park Aims To Build Community

by Myles Tanzer
“Put an object in a certain place and people react to it.” That’s the thinking of Alan Good, the President of the architectural company Henge. The company has started adding outdoor ping-pong tables to public spaces in order to increase community and social interaction. The table brought to Tompkins Square Park debuted earlier this month and it is already a hit with East Village residents. The table is made out of concrete and has a very modern feel to it. Good says of the design, “It’s art! But, I wanted to focus on the social aspect.” The balls and paddles are free to use and can be found under the table, just waiting to be taken out and played with.


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