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By RICH CALDER
Last updated: 3:49 amAugust 22, 2009 Posted: 3:00 amAugust 22, 2009
The dream is over.
Dreamland amusement park, set up to replace Coney Island's iconic Astroland, was shuttered yesterday, with its operator more than $600,000 behind in rent.
The fun fair on Surf Avenue and West 10th Street was padlocked by landowner Joe Sitt, who had leased the site of the old theme park to Anthony Raffaelle.
Since the carnival rides and freak show opened in May, only $30,000 of rent has been paid, said Sitt's spokesman, Stefan Friedman.
"Dreamland has been locked out because it has not come close to meeting its financial obligations in many months," Friedman said. "We are hopeful that Dreamland will soon pay its rent, so it can quickly reopen the rides."