La Guardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in the Upper West Side, Manhattan. La Guardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts provides teens with instruction in what many teens love the most, dance, drama, the visual arts, vocal, instrumental music, as well as in technical theater. Lisa Mars describes how the school was formed in 1947 with the merger of the High School of Music & Art and the High School of Performing Arts. Business Insider ranks La Guardia as one of the best high schools in New York.The school continues to provide what Mars describes as “the finest pre-conservatory studio training and rigorous college preparatory coursework.” Facilities in the High School include a concert hall, art studies facilities, music recording studios, science labs, as well as an art gallery. The school has a close to 100% graduation rate with 93% college enrollment.At a 2011 community board meeting in lower Manhattan, residents complained that their neighborhood had been "terrorized" by Santa Con participants.In an article on the 2011 Santa Con, Gothamist called Santa Con an "annual drunken shitshow" that "has steadily devolved from cleverly subversive to barely tolerable to 'time to lock yourself in your apartment for the day.' " But community opposition has increased, as Santa Con evolved into what The Village Voice described as "a day-long spectacle of public inebriation somewhere between a low-rent Mardi Gras and a drunken fraternity party." An op-ed in The New York Times on the eve of the 2013 Santa Con criticized it for "sexism, drunkenness, xenophobia, homophobia and enough incidents of public vomiting and urination to fill an infinite dunk tank," and said it "contributes absolutely zero value – cultural, artistic, aesthetic, diversionary, culinary or political – to its host neighborhood.Quite simply, Santa Con is a parasite." A NYPD lieutenant in Hell’s Kitchen sent an open letter to local taverns in 2013 which said, “Having thousands of intoxicated partygoers roam the streets urinating, littering, vomiting and vandalizing will not be tolerated in our neighborhood.” On the Lower East Side of Manhattan, residents posted notices telling Santa Con participants to stay away, saying “Alcohol Soaked Father Christmas-themed flash mob not welcome here.Take your body fluids and public intoxication elsewhere.” There were no arrests at the 2013 Santa Con in New York City, and far fewer summonses issued.
Without it, she says, she wouldn’t have let him travel the 30 miles from their North London home to the theme park on his own.However, when 14-year-old Zack and his friends made an unplanned visit to a branch of Mc Donald’s close to their school in North London instead of heading straight home two weeks ago, his mum, Suzanne — although eight miles away — could see precisely what he was up to.Suzanne, who has two younger sons, Leo, 12, and Jake, five, downloaded the free app, Life360, from the Apple store last summer just as Zack was becoming more independent, meeting friends at weekends and going to their houses after school.It doesn’t necessarily stand out, but on the other hand there’s nothing wrong with it either.Entertainment Weekly’s pick for one of the top 50 Best High School Movies of all time, Fame, 1980, was based on what is now the Fiorello H.A December 2014 cover story in the Village Voice recounted how Santa Con had evolved from "joyful performance art" that originated in San Francisco to a "reviled bar crawl" of drunken brawling, vandalism, and disorder in New York City and elsewhere, resulting in fierce community resistance and disavowals from the originators of the event.Santa Con began in San Francisco in 1994, inspired by a Mother Jones article on the Danish activist theatre group Solvognen.Husband Lewis, a 41-year-old lawyer, thinks she’s over-protective and believes Zack should be given more freedom, but Suzanne insists that as the technology is there, they would be crazy not to use it.‘When they were little and I left them in the care of someone else, I’d be ringing home constantly to check they were OK,’ she admits.‘So this app is like a miracle — Zack never responds to text messages, or answers my calls, so a tracking app is the perfect way for me to know where he is at all times.‘There’s also a button for Zack to press when he arrives at his destination and my phone beeps to let me know, plus an emergency button he can press if he’s in danger — a message will flash up on my phone telling me exactly where he is.Thankfully, we’ve never needed that.’Whenever Zack deletes the app, Suzanne makes him download it again before he’s allowed out.Even so, Zack doesn’t always press the button to let his mum know where he is — he prefers her to find out for herself, rather than risk being ordered straight home.