Some ping pong with that whiskey?
by Heather Senison
Jun 07, 2012 | 2631 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Keith Ruckdeschel, a clerk in Nunny's Liquors, challenges owner Ray Heal to a game.
Keith Ruckdeschel, a clerk in Nunny's Liquors, challenges owner Ray Heal to a game.
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A Maspeth liquor store is changing up the routine alcohol run.

In the center of Nunny's Liquor, at 59-63 69th Street, sits a full-sized ping pong table, and patrons are invited to join a game as they search for the night's party favors.

Ray Heal, who owns the shop, said he set the table up about six months ago, to the delight of kids and adults alike.

"It seems like a lot of guys from Europe are coming in," Heal said.

"People like it," he added. "They've never seen a ping pong table in a liquor store before."

Another hobby the store promotes is reading and book sharing. Heal has a miniature, make-shift library in which customers bring in books they've read, and can borrow others off the shelf to take home.

Heal said over the years he's collected about 75 to 100 books customers can read.

"We read them and then we hand them out to other people," he said, adding that the store sometimes has customers standing around reading books. "Some people read them in the back [of the store] so you don't pick up a book that's a loser."
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