Raise Your Paddles This New Year's Eve


Susan Sarandon isn't the only gal with a thing for small balls and a knack for good volley. While it's none of our business whether or not she left Tim Robbins for a 31-year-old ping pong pimp, we've noticed New Yorkers are quite hot for the paddle too. Oh, and Judah Friedlander, the self-proclaimed ping pong world champion.

Clearly, ping pong isn't just a passion of Forest Gump and the Chinese (Think: Nixon and ping-pong diplomacy). Between ping-pong tourneys, high-school ping-pong leagues and ping-pong halls popping up in empty store fronts, it's obvious that the lazy man's tennis has emerged as the Olympic sport for the hipster set. Players range from die-hard enthusiasts to drunken douchebags. It's easy to be fashionably chic while getting your pong on. We suggest American Apparel-esque gear: those sweat bands are exceptionally stylish when you can master playing hard without ever breaking a sweat.

Here are a few ping pong halls to get your game on in New York: