No matter how many activities, restaurants, and play spaces Bergen County has to offer — and there's no question there are a lot — you likely still find yourself scratching your head sometimes wondering how to pass the time during the day, or where to go for a night out, with a twist. Lucky for us, former Tenafly resident David Silberman has the ideal solution, and it's sure to be a swing and a hit in Fort Lee.
Silberman is the co-founder of PingPod, a 24/7 table tennis spot that originated in NYC, where ping pong is literally the name of the game. As it makes its way expanding up and down the east coast, the new Fort Lee location in the Shops at Hudson Lights opens on March 30. The "pod" features 1900 square feet of ping pond playing space, plus four tables available to reserve, practice, and learn. "Bergen County has a special place in my heart, and we believe Fort Lee has all of the trappings for a great PingPod community," says Silberman. It's PingPod's first foray into the suburban market, giving Bergen County residents and beyond a new and fresh activity to exercise the mind and body, any time of the day.
PingPod is always open to the public by way of creating an account and making a reservation for a specific time at the location of your choice. There are no employees on site, but rather, your reservation is used to unlock the door at your desired time. But don't worry — a security team is always watching and monitoring for your safety. Hit up this spot before catching a movie at the nearby IPIC Theater or after enjoying dinner or shopping.
In addition to individual and group reservations, PingPod offers a number of events and coordinated activities for all ages to enjoy the game. This includes open play time for kids and adults, school break and summer camps, birthday parties, special events throughout the year, and personal coaching and classes to improve your skills. Coach options range from professionals and experts who offer a high level of instruction to beginners and partners to simply help you and your family play and enjoy the game.
Not only does PingPod offer something new and exciting, it's a game "anyone can play," including all ages and skill levels. Silberman says they work with kids as young as 5 years old through high school, "when technology is so prevalent," he says. Instead, "kids can be immersed in this fun game that improves focus, hand-eye coordination, and reflexes. It's a lifelong skill." Plus, it aims to create a community feel with special events that you can find in the community tab of the website.
As for the grand opening party on March 30 from 5 pm to 8 pm, expect a family-friendly, energetic atmosphere with a hot dog cart, givewaways, professional matches to watch, and light instruction for those itching to pick up a paddle. Be sure to register here in advance. Can't make it on the 30th? Book your reservation with promo code 50fortlee50 to get 50 percent off your playing time.
PingPod 2025 Hudson St., Fort Lee 908-718-7890