Argentine New York is a small, but vibrant community. Little Argentina is in Corona, Queens.
NYC dances tango every night. We are crazy about soccer.
New York Latin Culture Magazine™ grew out of Tango Beat®, the world’s most popular Tango magazine. Our inspiration was the Tango Map of Buenos Aires. Argentine diplomat Adriana Trotta of the Argentine Consulate helped us focus the brand.
New York Latin Culture Magazine Editor Keith began dancing tango in New York in 2007, where he studied with Roberto Reis. Keith lived in Argentina in 2009 with Santiago Croce & Amy Lincoln and studied with Gabriel Misse. His main teacher is Claude Murga, from the Argentine Ministry of Culture. 🇦🇷
Argentine New York Features
Around a quarter million people enjoy this casual festival of Latin food, music, dance, beauty, and folklore from 20 Spanish-speaking countries of the Americas.
FLUSHING MEADOWS CORONA PARK
A festival of the diversity, traditions, folklore and unity of the Queens Hispanic community.
Sunday, September 24, 2023
Jackson Heights, Queens
A meditation on what it means to be “Hispanic” in America today.
New York’s big fall contemporary art fair anchors Armory Week.
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The world’s top women’s soccer tournament.
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Argentine New York News
Tango La Nacional is NYC’s most traditional Tango dance. It’s at La Nacional in Chelsea every Thursday for over twenty years. 🇦🇷
Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet plays Argentine Tango at the Django in Tribeca, Manhattan on Wednesday, January 3, 2023 at 7:30pm. 🇦🇷
Bárbara Martínez sings and dances New York Argentine, Venezuelan, Spanish flamenco at Flamenco Tuesdays at Sala Astoria, a Spanish restaurant in Astoria, Queens, on Tuesday, January 10, 17, & 24, 2023 at 7pm. 🇦🇷🇻🇪🇪🇸
The Winter Show 2023, one of America’s leading antiques fairs, is a benefit for East Side House, a community services organization in Mott Haven, The Bronx. The antiques fair is at the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan’s Upper East Side; for ten days, from Friday-Sunday, January 20-29, 2023. $30. 🇦🇷🇺🇸 | 🇫🇷🇮🇹🇵🇹🇪🇸
For the Master Drawings New York 2023 art fair, 25 art galleries show old masters and new masters from their collections and from visiting international dealers; in Manhattan’s Upper East Side; from Friday, January 20-28, 2023. The exhibition continues online through February 28, 2023. 🇦🇷🇧🇷🇨🇴🇲🇽🇵🇦🇻🇪 | 🇫🇷🇮🇹
Bárbara Martínez performs Spanish flamenco; at Mercado Little Spain in Hudson Yards, NYC; on Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 6pm. 🇪🇸🇦🇷🇻🇪
Scottish classical guitarist Sean Shibe celebrates the Spanish influence on classical guitar through non-Spanish artists including Barrios, Ginastera, Poulenc, Villa-Lobos; at the 92nd Street Y Kaufmann Concert Hall; on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 7:30pm. From $25. 🇦🇷 🇧🇷 🇫🇷 🇵🇾 🇪🇸
ALBA Musik, the Albert Alabedra and Bárbara Martínez duo, performs Brazilian bossa nova and Spanish flamenco; in the City Vineyard at City Winery in Chelsea, NYC; on Thursday, February 16, 2023 at 6pm. $25. 🇦🇷🇧🇷🇪🇸🇻🇪
Bárbara Martínez joins Danza España Flamenco Co for Spanish flamenco at the Thalia Spanish Theatre in Sunnyside, Queens; weekends from May 4-21, 2023. 🇪🇸🇦🇷🇻🇪
Watch Argentina vs Australia, a FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar Round of 16 match, on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 3pm ET. This is a matchup of the southern hemisphere. 🇦🇷
Watch Netherlands vs Argentina (world #8 vs #3), a FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar Quarter-final match, on Friday, December 9, 2022 at 3pm ET. 🇦🇷
Watch Argentina vs Croatia (world #3 vs #12), a FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar Semi-final match, on Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at 3pm ET. 🇦🇷
Watch Argentina vs France or Morocco (world #3 vs ???), the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar Final, on Sunday, December 18, 2022 at 11am ET. 🇦🇷
Pedro Giraudo plays Argentine Tango at the Django in Tribeca, Manhattan on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 7:30pm. 🇦🇷
German-Ecuadorian Steinway pianist Boris Cepeda RAICES: Piano Works from Europe & South America plays 19th century European music and contemporary classical music from Ecuador and Argentina (Albéniz, Guevara, Canelos, Liszt, Ravel, Ortiz, Cárdenas, and Piazzolla) in the Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 8pm. From $60. 🇦🇷 🇪🇨 🇫🇷 🇭🇳 🇲🇽 🇪🇸
Grammy-winning choir The Crossing, with Argentine French avant-garde cellist Maya Beiser, perform the multimedia New York Premiere of “Michael Gordon’s Travel Guide to Nicaragua.” Gordon is the founder of international music group Bang on the Can. This Carnegie Hall co-commission tells the story of his family’s journey from Poland to Nicaragua. It’s in Carnegie Hall Zankel Hall on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 7:30pm. From $. ✡️ 🇦🇷 🇫🇷 🇳🇮
The American Ballet Theatre 2022 Fall Season brings the World Premiere of Rudd’s “Lifted” with an All-Black cast, plus Ratmansky’s “Whipped Cream,” Ashton’s “The Dream,” Ratmansky’s “The Seasons,” Jessica Lang’s “Children’s Songs Dance,” and Kylián’s “Sinfonietta,” with African American, Argentine, Brazilian, Cuban, Filipino and Spanish dancers to the David H Koch Theater in Lincoln Center, October 20-30, 2022. From $40. 🇦🇷🇧🇷🇨🇺🇵🇭🇪🇸🇺🇸
The Guillermina Quiroga Company with the Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet dances Argentine Tango for Robert Browning Associates at Roulette Intermedium in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn on Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 8pm. From $30. robertbrowningassociates.com 🇦🇷
Visionary: The Paul G. Allen Collection Part I & Part II, the largest and most exceptional art auction in history, is on view at Christie’s New York in Rockefeller Center; Saturday, October 29 – November 8. The auction is Wednesday-Thursday, November 9-10, 2022. 🇦🇷🇫🇷 🇮🇹 🇲🇽 🇷🇴 🇪🇸
Remember Maradona, one of the greatest soccer players of all time on October 30, 2022.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, a celebration of the Americas, through October 15. 🇦🇷🇧🇴🇧🇷🇨🇱🇨🇴🇨🇷🇨🇺🇩🇴🇪🇨🇸🇻🇬🇶🇬🇹🇭🇳🇲🇽🇳🇮🇵🇦🇵🇾🇵🇪🇵🇷🇪🇸🇺🇾🇻🇪
The Affordable Art Fair New York Fall 2022, of contemporary art priced from $100-$10,000, is at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, Manhattan, Thursday-Sunday, September 22-25, 2022. 🇦🇷🇨🇦🇨🇷🇫🇷🇮🇹🇪🇸
The Queens Hispanic Parade 2022 marches on 37th Avenue from 69th St to 86th St in Jackson Heights, Queens on Sunday, September 25, 2022 starting at 11am. 🇦🇷🇧🇴🇨🇱🇨🇴🇨🇷🇨🇺🇩🇴🇪🇨🇸🇻🇬🇶🇬🇹🇭🇳🇲🇽🇳🇮🇵🇦🇵🇾🇵🇪🇵🇷🇪🇸🇺🇾🇻🇪
The 60th New York Film Festival 2022 is at Film at Lincoln Center, September 30 – October 16, 2022. From $17. 🇦🇷🇫🇷🇮🇹🇳🇮🇷🇴🇪🇸
Luciano Mellera brings his brand of Argentine comedy to Broadway Comedy Club in Hell’s Kitchen on Fri, Apr 8, 2022 at 10:15pm. 🇦🇷
Greater New York 2021 is at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, Queens to Apr 18, 2022. 🇵🇷|🇲🇽|🇦🇷|🇪🇬🇳🇬|🇺🇸
Latin American Art, including a newly discovered Diego Rivera, goes on view at Christie’s in Rockefeller Center on Wed, Mar 2-10 for auction Fri, Mar 11 at 11am.
Artist’s Eye: Viva Ruiz on Andy Warhol is an exhibition walkthrough with the Ecuadorian Queer artist explaining Warhol’s Catholic imagery at the Brooklyn Museum in Prospect Park on Thu, Mar 3 from 7-8pm. 🇪🇨🏳️🌈
The New York International Children’s Film Festival 2022 (NYICFF) screens Oscar-qualifying children’s films for a variety of ages at the SVA Theatre in Chelsea, Manhattan, Fri-Sun, Mar 4-19, 2022. From $17. 🇦🇷🇧🇷🇨🇦🇫🇷🇮🇱🇲🇽🇵🇸🇺🇬🇺🇸
Pedro Giraudo plays Argentine Tango at Barbès in Park Slope, Brooklyn on Sat, Mar 5 from 9-10:30pm. $20. 🇦🇷
Los Pericos play Argentine Reggae Rock at Sony Hall in the Times Square Theater District on Mon, Mar 7, 2022 at 8pm (7pm doors). From $39. 🇦🇷
Audrey Hayes: It Takes Four to Tango, is the violinist and her piano trio playing music inspired by folk dances including Argentine Tango, at Chelsea Table and Stage on Fri, Mar 11 at 9:30pm. From $27. 🇦🇷
Fernanda Laguna, paintings by the Argentine artist and activist, are at Bortolami Gallery in Tribeca, Fri, Mar 18 – Apr 30. bortolamigallery.com 🇦🇷
Vincent Peirani and Émile Parisien: Abrazo play French Tango at Joe’s Pub in NoHo, Manhattan on Tue, Mar 22, 2022 at 9:30pm (9pm doors). $35. 🇦🇷🇫🇷
Brooklyn Argentine guitarist and singer-songwriter Federico Aubele, released the second single “Old Spanish Films” from his coming album, “The Holographic Moon” on Wed, Mar 23. 🇦🇷
Tormenta sings Argentine Pop at Sabor Latino in Elmhurst, Queens on Sat, Mar 26 at 10pm. From $50. 🇦🇷
Tomás Saraceno: Silent Autumn explores the relationship between humans and other life forms at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in Chelsea. It opens Sat, Feb 12 from 10am – 6pm, and runs to Mar 26. tanyabonakdargallery.com 🇦🇷
Flamenco: inside/out (Cristian Puig, Peter Basil with Leslie Roybal) plays Spanish Flamenco at Bar LunÀtico in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn on Wed, Feb 23 from 9-11:30pm. $10. 🇪🇸🇦🇷🇲🇽
The 7th Neighboring Scenes Latin American film festival is in person at Film at Lincoln Center, Feb 24-28. $15 per film or $80 All-Access Pass ($20 students). 🇦🇷🇧🇷🇨🇱🇨🇴🇨🇷🇲🇽🇵🇪🇺🇾🇻🇪
Ricardo Montaner sings Venezuelan Pop at Radio City Music Hall in Rockefeller Center on Fri, Jan 28 at 8pm (7pm doors). From $59. 🇦🇷🇻🇪
Surrealism Beyond Borders is at The Met Fifth Avenue in Central Park to Jan 30, 2022. 🇨🇺🇭🇹🇲🇶🇵🇷 | 🇦🇷🇨🇱🇨🇴 | 🇫🇷🇮🇹🇪🇸
The New Museum 2021 Triennial: Soft Water Hard Stone is at the New Museum in the Lower East Side to Jan 23, 2022. 🇦🇷🇧🇷🇯🇲🇲🇽🇵🇪🇺🇸|🇨🇩🇿🇦|🇮🇳🇵🇭|🇫🇷
The Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet plays an APAP showcase at Barbès in Park Slope, Brooklyn on Fri, Jan 14 from 8-9pm with Big Lazy and Miramar (Puerto Rico) following. $20. 🇦🇷🇵🇷
New York Argentine Art
We have argentine artists, galleries and public art.
New York Argentine Books
- Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) wrote “The Library of Babel.”
- José Hernández (1834-1886) wrote “Martín Fierro,” the Argentine literary classic.
- Julio Cortázar (1914-1984)
- Mafalda was an Argentine comic by Quino from 1964-1973. She is innocent, but smart, and always funny.
- The Jorge Luis Borges Library at Instituto Cervantes is NYC’s biggest Spanish library.
NY Argentine Comedy
We have a famous sense of humor.
New York Argentine Community
Argentinos en NY is New York City’s big Argentine community. argentinosenny.com
New York Argentine Dance
We are strong in ballet and tango.
Explore the New York Tango community on NewYorkTango.com
- Guillermina Quiroga is a renowned Argentine tango dancer, choreographer and teacher known for her work on Broadway, international spectacles and tango movies.
- Herman Cornejo is an American Ballet Theatre Principal from Buenos Aires. 🇦🇷
- Julio Bocca (interview), danced for American Ballet Theatre from 1985-2006. He founded Ballet Argentino in 1990.
- Leonardo Sardella is a New York Argentine tango dancer.
- Luciana Paris is an American Ballet Theatre Soloist from Buenos Aires. She was Julio Bocca’s dance partner at Ballet Argentino. 🇦🇷
- Valeria Solomonoff is a New York Argentine tango dancer and filmmaker.
New York Argentine Film
Rex Ingram’s anti-war movie “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” (by June Mathis) made Rudolph Valentino the first Latin idol in 1921.
His dancing (though very stiff) helped popularize tango. Watch the full movie on YouTube.
Matias Piñiero is a New York Argentine who writes and directs movies based on Shakespeare in Spanish. It evens sounds like Shakespeare in Spanish.
- Film at Lincoln Center has Argentine programmers.
New York Argentine Food
We are famous for asado steak, chimichurri sauce, coffeehouse culture, dulce de leche, empanadas, ice cream, Malbec wine, mate, pasta, and pizza.
Mate is a stimulant herbal tea. Drinking mate is an Argentine social ritual. Sharing mate is a sign of friendship.
We butcher in the European manner, so it can be hard to get the right cuts in the USA.
Malbec World Day is April 17.
- Buenos Aires Restaurant is an excellent Argentine restaurant that uses high-end ingredients and butchers its own meat. buenosairesnyc.com
- Cones Artisanal Ice Cream is an Argentine ice cream shop in the West Village. @conesnyc
- El Almacen
- El Gauchito is an excellent Argentine butcher and restaurant in Elmhurst, Queens. elgauchitonyc.com
- Estancia 460
- La Nueva Bakery
- Nuchas is an Argentine empanada truck. nuchas.com
- Ruben’s Empanadas
New York Argentine Music
We have strong classical, rock, and tango traditions.
Rock en español started in Argentina. The government coopted it as Rock Nacional.
- Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992), creator of the Nuevo Tango style of classical tango jazz, started learning to play the bandoneón in New York City.
- Bárbara Martínez is a New York Argentine Venezuelan flamenco singer and dancer descended from Morenita Rey and Libertad Lamarque.
- Bajofondo is Grammy, Latin Grammy, and Academy Award-winner Gustavo Santaolalla’s (Arco Iris) rock band. He’s the father of Rock en Español in the USA, which we now call Latin Alternative.
- Carlos Gardel (1890-1935) is the iconic tango singer.
- Federico Aubele lives in Brooklyn.
- Fito Paez is an important Argentine rocker.
- Pedro Giraudo is a Latin Grammy winning tango jazz musician based in New York City.
- Isabel Leonard is a New York Argentine opera singer. She sings for the Metropolitan Opera.
- Jorge Parodi is a New York Argentine opera conductor.
- JP Jofre is a New York Argentine bandoneón player.
- Octavio Brunetti (1975-2014) was a New York Argentine tango pianist. [We used to work with him. Miss you Octavio.]
- Pedro Giraudo is a Latin Grammy winning tango jazz leader based in New York City.
- Rosa Antonelli is a New York Argentine classical pianist. She is a Steinway artist.
- Sebastían Zubieta is Americas Society music director.
- Sofia Rei is a New York Argentine singer.
New York Argentine Theatre
Argentina has a Broadway theatre tradition on Avenida Corrientes in Buenos Aires.
Community theater is popular throughout Argentina.
We always have Evita.
New York Argentine Sports
We are crazy about soccer. Boca Juniors is the team of the working class. River Plate is the team of the elite.
- Football Factory at Legends
- Smithfield Hall
Argentina is the southeastern tip of South America. We have pampas (plains) in the north and Andes mountains in Patagonia in the south.
The capital Buenos Aires is on the Rio de la Plata whose mouth is so wide, it seems like a bay. Montevideo, Uruguay is the other side of the river from Buenos Aires. We share a lot of culture. The ferry takes about four hours. The flight is 45 minutes.
We used to be one of the world’s richest countries, like the United States, but the first Peron Administration (1946-1955) ruined the economy and it never recovered.
- The region’s Indigenous people ate the first Europeans after 1502.
- Spain colonized Buenos Aires in 1580. 🇪🇸
- The African Diaspora came because Buenos Aires was a free city. They brought tango from Mother Africa through the Brazilian candomblé religion; Uruguayan candombe drum, song and dance tradition; and milonga, the oldest form of tango.
- In the pampas Indigenous, Spanish and African blended into gaucho culture, the South American cowboys.
- Spain established the Vice Royalty of Rio de la Plata in 1776. 🇪🇸
- Argentina declared independence from Spain on July 9, 1816. Argentine generals then played major roles in the liberation of South America. 🇦🇷
- The big Italian migration started around 1870. Rich Italians migrated to Argentina, poor ones to New York. 🇮🇹
- The big German migration was 1870-1914 and after World War II. Their bandoneón portable church organ became the iconic tango instrument. 🇩🇪
- José Hernández published “El Gaucho Martín Fierro,” the iconic Argentine novel (like Tom Sawyer is to the United States) in 1872. 🇦🇷
- The big Jewish migration was between 1880 and 1920. ✡️
- Rich Argentines used to send their children to Europe for finishing. They seduced the French with their tango. The Tango Craze of 1913 started in Paris, jumped to New York, and then Argentines accepted the tango. 🇫🇷
- French-born tango singer Carlos Gardel established Tango’s nostalgic tone with “Mi Noche Triste” (My Sad Night) in 1917. 🇫🇷🇦🇷
- Juan d’Arienzo, “El Rey del Compás,” launched the Tango Golden Age (1935-1955) by making stronger beats that made the music more danceable. 🇦🇷
- Populists Juan and Eva Peron ruled Argentina from 1946-1955. They ran a textbook propaganda operation that claimed tango as their own. 🇦🇷
- Astor Piazzolla started his nuevo tango movement (new tango) that combined classical, tango, jazz in 1954. At first traditionalists said it wasn’t tango. Now it’s the dominant form. 🇦🇷
- Tango was banned in Buenos Aires from 1955-1983. The government believed people gathering in the middle of the night must be plotting Peronists. They shut tango down by arresting club owners for underaged drinking. Swing dancing was allowed. Argentines call it rock and roll. Many dancers switched. Tango survived in secret in the city center and more openly in the suburbs. That’s why Villa Urquiza’s Sin Rumbo and Sunderland are important. Tango culture survived in the barrios. 🇦🇷
- A military dictatorship ruled Argentina from 1976 to 1983. With American support, they went to war with their own people. The Dirty War caused the “disappearance” of around 30,000 Argentines. The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo used to protest in front of the Casa Rosada (Argentina’s White House). We still find children taken from their mothers and given to military families. 🇦🇷
- Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice produced the Broadway rock opera “Evita” in London’s West End in 1978. It ran on Broadway in 1979. 🇦🇷
- Tango was basically a dead folk dance, but when the military dictatorship collapsed after the Malvinas War in 1983, tango came back because we took a deep breath and asked ourselves who we are. Famed dancer Gustavo Naveira said yoga classes were empty, but tango classes were so full, he had to have half the group come back the next day. Tango clubs were so crowded that we started dancing close embrace. You couldn’t dance so close in the past because your parents were watching. 🇦🇷
- Producer Claudio Segovia took Juan Carlos Copes and his partner Maria Nieves (the artists who created stage tango), and other now famous dancers to Paris where they opened “Tango Argentino,” the seminal tango show in 1983. French lined up around the block and even broke down the theater doors. Now tango was back internationally. 🇦🇷
- Tango Argentino ran on Broadway in 1985-86. Teaching from Dancesport, the dancers seeded the first generation of American tango dancers. Some are still dancing in New York. 🇦🇷
- Gotan Project formed in 1999. They launched the “tango nuevo” style of tango club music out of Paris in 2001. Uruguayan candombe is part of the tango nuevo tradition. 🇫🇷🇨🇭🇦🇷
- Argentina defaulted on its international debt in 2001. It restructured in 2005. 🇦🇷
- UNESCO named tango part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009. 🇦🇷
- Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church in 2013. 🇦🇷
- The Argentine National Football Team reached the FIFA World Cup Final in 2022. ¡Vamos Argentina! 🇦🇷
They say the Mexicans came from the Aztecs, the Peruvians came from the Inca, and the Argentines came from the boat. It’s true. Most Spanish Argentines are “gallegos” from Galicia, Spain. In spite of our hispanic heritage, Argentine culture is actually more Italian. Italian visitors feel at home in Buenos Aires. We make great pasta and pizza.
Today we speak Spanish with a beautiful Argentine Castellano accent. Our Castellano is not Madrid Castellano. We pronounce “ll” as “sh” instead of “y,” so “yo” is pronounced “zho” and “castellano” becomes “casteshano.” We have Brazilian influences from Uruguay (“vos” for you, like the Portuguese “voce”).