CONEY ISLAND - A pedestrian bridge that connects the West 8th Street subway station and the Coney Island boardwalk is coming down this summer.

A spokesperson for the New York City Economic Development Corporation says the walkway will be dismantled due to safety concerns and the structure's unsightliness.

However, the president of local advocacy group "Friends of the Boardwalk" is outraged about the decision, adding that the walkway is an essential gateway to the New York Aquarium and amusement district.

To compensate, the city plans on widening nearby sidewalks and installing a crossing light to make the area safer for pedestrians.