Seen & Heard: Hotel Site Looks Even More Stalled

••• It appears that the recent activity people saw at 456 Greenwich—site of a stalled hotel project—was to remove the heavy machinery (why keep paying that rent?) and to decimate the lot with weed killer.

••• Drink for a good cause: On Sunday, Nov. 12, comedian Colin Quinn and reporter Mike Sheehan will be guest bartending at Woodrow’s for charity (2-6 p.m.).

••• From the Battery Park City Authority, regarding the broken glass on the ball fields: “BPCA is currently in the process of scheduling a full sweep of the fields to ensure all glass is removed prior to their reopening. We will update you when we have a schedule for the resumption of permitted play, likely within the next day or two.”

••• Zappos is popping up a sneaker shop at 229 Hudson, in the Arlo Hotel building. They were still working on the space yesterday, so I don’t know when it opens, but the marketing has begun.

••• From Alumnae: “Monica Patel owner/designer of Two NY will bring a selection of her beautiful handmade caftans to our boutique and join Alumnae designers Eliza Axelson-Chidsey and me for the event on Friday (November 10). We will also have a special selection of holiday sandals on hand to pair with Monica’s caftans. Extended store hours and refreshments will be served for the event!”

••• Opening November 10 at Alexander and Bonin: “Willie Doherty will present recent photographic and video works made along the US-Mexico border and on the outskirts of Pittsburgh. […] The images taken near El Paso and their titles allude to situations beyond what is visible in the photograph; to precarious conditions, uncertainty, and an escalating erosion of tolerance in the negotiation of frontiers and national boundaries.” And: “Mona Hatoum’s SP Atelier, an installation of drawings, embroideries, objects, and photographs gathered during a residency in São Paulo, provides a rare window on the artist’s process.” And: “Rita McBride’s new work, Guide Rails with Hubcaps, takes the form of white-washed split rail fencing in modular units which direct the viewer’s eye to a cinematic tableau of six vintage hubcaps.” Also: “A new series of photographic prints by Jonathas de Andrade will be on view in the lower level gallery. […] Shot in the State of Alagoas in northeast Brazil, the photographs present fishermen as they enact a form of ritual, in which, after catching their prey, they embrace the fish in their arms until its death. To the uninformed viewer, these photographs could very well depict a true animistic rite. This sensually loaded action, however, is one that the artist himself has invented in order to highlight the frequent exoticizing style of ethnographic reportage.”

••• Opening November 10 at Bortolami: A group show, Galocher, with works by Robert Bordo, Nancy Brooks Brody, Lena Henke, and Caitlin Keogh. I’m not 100% sure what links the art (galocher means “to French kiss” in French), but I do like this “free floating drawing” by Henke.

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