National Geographic released The Tables, a short film that looks at a ping pong community in New York.


Bryant Park lays deep in the heart of Manhattan. A small slice of greenery in a dense urban jungle, the park is home to a handful of ping pong tables. Over time, the tables became a popular stop for locals looking to kill a few hours after work. Eventually, it became a community hub, pulling in people from all over the city, and the world.

How Ping Pong Brought A Community Together In New York gif of ping pong

In this short film, we get to meet some of the players who frequent the park. They’re all from completely different backgrounds. Young, old, rich, poor, the tables here are open to anyone. We hear a few of their stories and learn what the tables mean to them. For some people, coming to these tables is the only thing that keeps them going. It’s an incredibly touching short film that reminds us of the importance of community and shows New Yorkers at their very best.

The Tables|National Geographic|Documentary

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