Top 5: Will Shortz
The crossword editor of the New York Times on his top five area table-tennis clubs.
Photo by Don Christensen
Puzzle master and Pleasantville resident Will Shortz unwinds by pursuing his passion for table tennis (aka ping pong). He’s played at a record-breaking 92 U.S. table-tennis clubs in 22 states. Here, he chooses his top five favorite clubs in and around the county.
1) Rivertowns Table Tennis Club
2) Burke Table Tennis Club
3) SPiN New York
4) New York International Table Tennis Center
|5) New Jersey Table Tennis Club |
(Westfield, New Jersey.)
The oldest existing table-tennis club in the metropolitan area—it dates back more than 70 years—it hosts monthly tournaments, which, Shortz says, “let you find out how good you really are.” Because he won the “Unrated” event at a tournament here circa 1980, this club, he says, “has always held a special place in my heart.”