Friday News Links

The blog run by the Civic Center Residents Coalition reports the city has put the controversial Chatham Square reconstruction on hold for at least a year. Apparently a Department of Transportation commissioner made the announcement at a meeting of the Chinatown Consolidated Benevolent Association earlier this week. According to the blog, work cannot begin because the DOT has not sent out bids for the project. But it speculates that political pressure on the mayor is the real reason for the delay.

Grand Street residents fed up with bicyclists riding on the sidewalks (see here) will be interested in this one. A man from Brooklyn riding on the sidewalk was sent to jail.

New York 1 reports a plan to expand cell phone service in the subways has gone nowhere, two years after the MTA first announced it.

Susan Stetzer and Bob Gormley, district managers of Community Boards 3 and 2, speak out against budget cuts that would cripple their organizations.

LES residents met with an official from the city's Parks Department last night about revitalizing Gulick Park. We'll have a report on that later this morning.

And look for our weekend arts guide later today.