In Bryant Park, only a block from Times Square, there is a little corner where people play petanque (pronounced "pay-TAHNK"). The game started in France about 100 years ago. It's not so different from the Italian bowling game called bocce, but this game uses metal balls. What's striking is how international the players are: Africans, Latinos, Europeans — and they hail from every class and profession.
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