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United by Ping Pong, These Players Find Community in a New York Park | Short Film Showcase

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Published on : 03 Jun 2019

A powerful look at how outdoor ping pong tables, set up in the heart of New York City, are welcoming players from all walks of life.
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In the middle of New York City, tucked away in the corner of Bryant Park, sit two outdoor ping pong tables where anyone is free to play. Young or old, rich or homeless, it doesn’t matter. During the day, the park provides paddles and balls, but after 7pm the regulars show up, armed with their own. Every night they come together to battle each other and the elements, playing in the wind, rain and even snow. And out of this shared love of the game, a bond was formed between an unlikely group of people. Filmmaker Jon Bunning profiles the many lives these tables have touched, including the gangbanger who helped put them there.

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ChuChu TV Nursery Rhymes & Kids Songs

Looks like breeding ground for hustlers.

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Ryan ToysReview
Ryan ToysReview 14 days ago

Wow it is just a matter of kind act towards others that could change anything in a good way! Awesome!
I never stop believing that everybody have this soft spot of love in thier hearts!
Praise be all to God!
Much love fr. Philippines

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CreativeKids
CreativeKids 14 days ago

this is amazin

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Toys Kids
Toys Kids 14 days ago

A great feel good story, bless all people.

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Vietnamese Fairy Tales

New York is an urban jungle. Beneath, there is humanity that what makes New York.

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Thần Tượng Âm Nhạc Nhí

Awesome video. This is definitely an award winner. Nice feel good piece. Thanks for posting.

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Playground for kids

This was an absolute beautiful video and I hope this will explode and make a change to these people’s lives in a positive way.

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Amazing Kids Toys Review

I remember when it was a rough park. It’s awesome that it’s become something better, and what s beautiful community they have together. Awesome lil documentary.

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Morphle TV
Morphle TV 14 days ago

Best story I’ve seen in a long time. I can really relate because I also love playing ping pong when I was a kid.

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Junky Kid TV - Learn Colors for Children

what a great way to pull us all together but...where are the women?

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DIEN QUAN Kids
DIEN QUAN Kids 14 days ago

Beautiful city, beautiful people, beautiful film .

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Little Angel: Nursery Rhymes & Kids Songs

Stephen Chu how come you were hiding during this documentary?

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Playground for kids

Fun Fact: Ping-Pong is the only sport named after its inventor.

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Nat Geo WILD
Nat Geo WILD 14 days ago

I have been introduced to ping pong since i was in primary school.

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Ryan ToysReview
Ryan ToysReview 14 days ago

Wow. Just wow. Thank you Jon Bunning and National Geographic for putting quality films like this up for free on the internet - it makes it a better place.

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Vầng Trăng Cổ Tích

why is this so HUMBLING geez this is a freakin community love it

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Awesome Kids Toys
Awesome Kids Toys 14 days ago

New york people are so lucky . I wish live in there for a year.

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Hồng Ân Kids
Hồng Ân Kids 14 days ago

hits me in the feels

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Future Kids
Future Kids 14 days ago

This piece became overly mawkish and uninteresting towards the end.

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Маша и Медведь

All it took was two ping pong tables to build such a wonderful community. Awesome stuff what a great video

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