Tango in Central Park
For more than a decade, tango in Central Park has been the emblem of one of the city's most obsessed subcultures.
Cheek to Cheek
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Summer Rituals It Takes Two
Tangoing Cheek to Cheek for 3 Minutes in the Park
Published: August 25, 2007
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Couples continued to tango as night fell.
“I’m first to get up because I’m not shy,” said Mr. Nugent, 59, a translator and teacher who lives in St. Albans, Queens.
Rick Castro, 48, the other longtime organizer, explained that it takes one tango “to meet your partner, the second to get used to your partner, and the third to just enjoy.”
Lucille Krasne, a Manhattan artist recognized by everyone as the founding mother of Central Park tango, said it all began in the summer of 1995, when she and a handful of dancers took a boom box into Central Park at the Bethesda Fountain. “I called it Hit and Run Tango, because we had no permit and if the police came we’d run,” she recalled.