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Queens’ Morning Roundup

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morning roundup


Friday: Cloudy early with peeks of sunshine expected late. High around 40. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy early followed by cloudy skies overnight. Low near 30. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: The Best of Tango 

Thalia Spanish Theatre presents the most popular tango and milongo classics in music, song and dance. Show starts on Friday, Jan. 31 lasts until March 23 with Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m. and Sunday performances at 4 pm. $30 to $35. 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, www.thaliatheatre.org.

Convicted criminal who escaped from Queens psychiatric facility caught in Tennessee

A convicted killer who escaped from a Queens Village psychiatric facility by swapping clothes with a friend was captured in Memphis, Tenn. Thursday night. Read more: The Queens Courier

De Blasio to weigh in on ‘independent’ cop monitor

The investigator nominated by Mayor de Blasio to keep the city government in check revealed Thursday that Hizzoner will have a big say in appointing what’s meant to be an “independent” NYPD watchdog. Read more: New York Post 

Mayor Bill de Blasio won’t attend Super Bowl

New York City is co-hosting the Super Bowl this weekend but its mayor will not attend the nation’s biggest sporting event. Read more: AP

Food safety inspections in NY lagging, staffing below recommended levels: audit

New York’s food inspections have been lagging, allowing 5,000 manufacturers, supermarkets, wholesale bakeries and other businesses to operate last year without updated inspections, state auditors reported Thursday. Read more: NBC New York

Federal prosecutors to seek death penalty against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced they will seek the death penalty against 20-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston Marathon bombing, instantly raising the stakes in what could be one of the most wrenching trials the city has ever seen. Read more: CBS New York/AP


Queens’ Morning Roundup

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morning roundup


Friday: Clear in the morning, then mostly cloudy. High of 55. Winds from the NW at 10 to 15 mph. Friday night: Clear. Low of 45. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Tango & Folklore the music and dance of Argentina

Come for a night of the best music from Argentina at the Centro Español De Nueva York in Astoria. The night will include dinner, a show and dance presentation. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

QPTV relents and decides to air debate between Queens Borough President candidates

Queens Public Television has finally decided to air a debate taped two weeks ago between Queens Borough President hopefuls Melinda Katz and Tony Arcabascio. Read more: New York Daily News

Nyad’s swim to fund therapy for Sandy victims in Rockaways, Staten Island

Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad’s 48-hour swim earlier this month will fund art therapy and counseling programs in two New York City neighborhoods where residents are still recovering from Sandy. Read more: NBC New York

Barneys apologizes after racial profiling accusations

Barneys has issued an apology after coming under fire from at least two customers claiming racial profiling. Read more: ABC New York

Four charities agree to accelerate spending for Sandy relief efforts

Four charities that raised money for Superstorm Sandy relief efforts have agreed to either accelerate spending or kick in more cash as a result of negotiations with New York state. Read more:CBS New York/APReport: US monitored the phone calls of 35 world leaders

The United States monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders according to classified documents leaked by fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden, Britain’s Guardian newspaper said on Thursday. Read more: Reuters

Their language of love is dance

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Photos Courtesy of Nelson and Madalyn Avila

Nelson and Madalyn Avila met each other in 1988. At the time, Madalyn was an elementary school teacher. Nelson — an international tango star — was performing on Broadway with the smash hit “Tango Argentino,” which introduced much of America to classic Argentine tango for the first time. He was also touring Europe, South America, Japan and Canada while teaching the art of the tango to such notable pupils as Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Sharon Stone and Anthony Quinn — just to name a few.

Nelson and Madalyn’s first encounter with each other took place a few years after her budding interest in tango began, when she took a class with the renowned dancer. The two began a casual friendship from afar, sending each other letters and visiting when possible. Madalyn even made the trip overseas to see him perform in “Tango Argentino” in London in 1991.  However, Nelson remained frequently in transit around the world, immensely busy and insatiably committed to his work. He was also married at the time, thus hindering any possibility of an emerging relationship.

Yet the two got a second opportunity to rekindle their relationship and start anew in 2004 when they happened to meet up at a Manhattan tango hot spot. At this time, a newly-single Nelson was leaving Toronto, where he was temporarily living, and planning on heading back home to Buenos Aires.

Regardless of Nelson’s lack of fluency in the English language, the two connected on a new level through the language of dance and continue to do so today.

The couple got married two years later in August of 2006 after Nelson stayed with Madalyn in North Shore Towers, where she has lived since 1995 and where her parents have lived for a decade prior.

Today, the two perform and teach Argentine tango. They also organize tango events and private parties while training professionals and amateurs alike in the art of the dance. Due to its popular nature, they are currently hoping to organize another “Tango Evening,” alongside friend and neighbor Linda Gibbs at Towers on the Green.

Last year’s first “Tango Evening” was wildly successful, the couple said, and it featured live music, free classes, plenty of good food and, most importantly, non-stop dancing all night long.

During the rare instances when the two are not passionately locked in “un abrazo” (an embrace), Nelson can be found playing countless games of billiards at North Shore Towers and writing poetry, while Madalyn dances ballet, goes swimming, teaches various classes and plays music. Nelson has also had a book of poetry published which Madalyn helped him translate to English.

Still, nary an activity holds their attention or affection more than being entwined in the heat of tango, together as one.

The two said they cherish every moment together, living in North Shore Towers, and as far as plans for Valentines Day are concerned, Madalyn said, “For me, every day is Valentines Day.”

The couple can be seen performing together with frequent gigs throughout Long Island. They currently perform at Cafe Buenos Aires inHuntington,Long Island most Fridays from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. and also dance for a Sunday brunch from noon to 3 p.m.