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The Tables

A look at the powerful connection between a pair of outdoor ping pong tables in the heart of New York City and the unlikely group of people they’ve brought together, from homeless people to investment bankers to people with gang affiliations.


Every restaurant has tables. In which way ever. A restaurant can connect. That is what tables seem to do. So do ping-pong tables. I used to play table tennis on quite a high rank. But what I loved the most was playing at some camping field and meet other people. The game made it easier to get in contact and allowed you to be who you are.

From the Filmmaker, Jon Bunning: “One of the first things that struck me about the tables in Bryant Park was that a homeless person and a Wall Street banker could play as equals. People from all over the world had been brought together by these tables. Social status, nationality, religion, age, sex – it didn’t matter. And the more I got to know these people, the more I discovered just how much these tables meant to them. For some, it helped them to find work and a place to live, for others it helped them get off drugs, and for many it gave them a sense of community and belonging that helped them overcome hardships. In the wise words of Gregory, “The Tables allow you to become a better person.”

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