Ping pong takes a Spin in NYC

August 19, 2009 3:29:11 PM PDT
Table tennis is an Olympic sport, and it's incredibly popular in China. But now, ping pong has a growing number of devotees in New York. A ping pong club has opened on 23rd Street and Park Avenue South, giving the sport a cool new spin.

And perhaps it will help table tennis become the next "it" thing. That's the idea behind Spin, a 13,000-square foot space devoted to ping pong. By day, there are classes and matches. And by night, it's a bar and social club.

There are 17 tables, including one with bleacher seats. There's another inside a private room. The floor throughout spin, by the way, is easy on your feet. It's the exact floor used in the Olympics.

And speaking of the Olympics, there are Olympic caliber players, as well as young upstarts.

And while it might be different from playing in your family's basement, Spin is actually located in a basement. The sole window looks out to the subway platform at 23rd Street, where people sometimes stop to look in.

If you're interested in playing, Spin will find a partner for you, or you can bring one or hone your skills against the machine.

The creators hope you'll spend hours there, eating, drinking and playing, at any level.

But be warned, you might get hooked.

Spin does accept members, but you don't have to be a member to play there. Table rentals start at $15 for a half hour.

For more information, visit Spinyc.com.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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