CONEY ISLAND - A new pedestrian plaza has just been added in Coney Island.

The plaza is located on West 12th Street near the boardwalk by Nathan's. Officials closed off part of the street and placed about 40 chairs and tables along with a garden area.

The project was paid for by the Department of Transportation and will be maintained by the Alliance for Coney Island.

Officials say that in just a few weeks, visitors can expect to see free community programs along with entertainment at the plaza.