New York City Briefs for 2-7-2012

February 7, 2012 Updated: February 7, 2012

City to Host Giants Parade

In celebration of the New York Giants’ victory in the 46th Super Bowl on Sunday night, the city will host a parade today in Lower Manhattan.

The parade will begin at Battery Place and Washington Street at 11 a.m. and end with a ceremony at City Hall Plaza. Mayor Michael Bloomberg will present the NY Giants with keys to the city.

The parade is open to the public. The following ceremony will require tickets that are distributed by city councilors and other elected officials. Three large screens around City Hall will allow the public to watch the ceremony.

The Giants defeated the New England Patriots once more, following their victory in the 42nd Super Bowl in 2008. This is the fifth time the Giants have won the Super Bowl Championship.

Designers Fundraise for President Obama

A cocktail reception hosted by Scarlett Johansson and Anna Wintour that debuts a collection designed by 23 famous designers is a great precursor to Spring Fashion Week, and supports President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.

The fundraising event Runway to Win, will take place tonight in the Meatpacking District. Designers will launch a collaborative collection of Obama merchandise that will be available for purchase at the reception and also online.

Designers include Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, and Diane Von Furstenburg who may attend the reception at the Theory Shop at 40 Gansevoort St.

Wintour, who is co-hosting the event, is one of Obama’s biggest fundraisers, according to Obama’s website. She has raised more than $500,000 for Obama’s re-election campaign. The list of Obama’s major fundraisers shows a large number of celebrities and members of the media and fashion industry, including Eva Longoria and Grace Tsao-Wu.

Performing Arts High School May Close

The city’s Department of Education (DOE) is proposing to phase out Manhattan Theatre Lab High School, which is located at the Martin Luther King Education Campus in Community School District 3.

The proposal is based on the DOE’s assessment that the school lacks the capacity to improve its poor performance and better support student needs.

If the closure is approved, the Manhattan Theatre Lab will not admit new ninth grade students with the conclusion of the 2011–2012 school year. The school will continue to phase out one grade level at a time until the school closes at the end of the 2014–2015 school year. Current students will be supported until time of graduation.

At the same time, the DOE is proposing to expand an existing school, Special Music School (03M859, Special Music), to serve high school grades on the MLK campus beginning in September 2013. If that proposal is approved, Special Music will grow to full-scale as Manhattan Theatre Lab phases out.

The Panel for Educational Policy will vote on the proposal this Thursday, Feb. 9 at Brooklyn Technical High School.