NEW YORK, N.Y. - New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced plans to redesign its Fifth Avenue plaza.

The renovation calls for new fountains which will be repositioned closer to the museum's entrance.

The four-block-long outdoor plaza will get new shade trees and seasonal plantings.

Permanent and temporary seating areas and energy-efficient and diffused nighttime lighting will be added.

The existing pavement along the façade will be removed and replaced with granite paving.

The museum says the project will be funded by the museum's trustees and philanthropist David H. Koch.

Last month, the Met opened its new and expanded American Wing for paintings, sculpture and decorative arts after a four-year renovation.

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