PARK SLOPE — A 29-year-old man was arrested Oct. 14 after punching a man outside a Flatbush Avenue restaurant neighbors have long complained about, police said.
The scuffle broke out at 10:30 p.m. after a customer at Woodland, on Flatbush and Sixth avenues, was escorted out of the restaurant, according to a police report. The customer slugged a man on the sidewalk outside the bar and then flailed his arms when a police officer tried to put him in handcuffs, according to a police report.
The incident was the second recent arrest outside Woodand, according to police reports. On Sept. 25 a patron who was arrested after he tried to fight a bouncer who kicked him out of the restaurant, according to a police report.
A representative for Woodland could not be reached immediately for comment.
Woodland advertises itself as a New American restaurant with a menu of grass-fed meats and locally sourced produce, but neighbors says it functions more like a nightclub, with rowdy parties and a private basement lounge that holds up to 150 guests.
The issue flared after an August shooting involving an off-duty police officer at Bleachers, a bar next door to Woodland. Woodland had no connection to the shooting, but the gunshots were taken as a wake up call by locals, who launched an online petition and begged Community Board 6 members to take action.
The 78th Precinct stationed officers outside Woodland and Bleachers in response to residents' requests, but police said recently that they're powerless to control patrons who "scream" on the sidewalk after they leave the venues.
Other recent crimes in the 78th Precinct include the following, with details coming from police reports:
► An 18-year-old was arrested in a NYCHA complex on Warren Street in Gowanus after police spotted him in public with a lit marijuana cigarette in his hand on Oct. 16 at 11:16 a.m.
► Three men stole $20 worth of Huggies wipes from a Duane Reade on Flatbush Avenue and Park Place on Oct. 11 at 6:20 p.m.
► A 43-year-old man's personal documents — including a tax return and his brother's divorce papers — were stolen from his 2008 Toyota Prius when it was parked outside the post office on Ninth Street and Fifth Avenue on Oct. 19.
► A thief stole four pairs of American Eagle shoes worth $145 from Payless Shoes on Fifth Avenue and 10th Street on Oct. 10 at 2:05 p.m.
► A 20-year-old man was arrested after shoplifting two pairs of shoes worth $179 from DSW Shoe Warehouse at the Atlantic Terminal Mall on Oct 14 at 5:40 p.m.
► A 22-year-old woman was arrested after stealing $280 in merchandise including two pairs of boots and a comforter from the Target at the Atlantic Terminal Mall on Oct. 15 at 7:05 p.m.
► A 24-year-old woman was arrested after stealing $262 in shoes and clothes — as well as a bottle of Vitamin Water and a water bottle — from the Target at Atlantic Terminal Mall on Oct. 16 at 3:50 p.m.
► A $500 Crossroads bike and a $500 Trek bike were stolen from Empire Boulevard and Flatbush Avenue on Oct. 14 at 4 p.m.
► A 2004 silver Ford E150 cargo van was stolen from Carroll Street and Polhemus Place on Oct. 6 at 3 p.m.
Overall, major crime in the 78th Precinct has dropped 10 percent this year compared to the same period in 2015, according to the most recent statistics from the NYPD. There were 671 major crimes reported between Jan. 1 and Oct. 9, 2016, and 747 major crimes during that period in 2015.
Editor's note: The 78th Precinct does not regularly provide information to the media on open cases involving major crimes such as robbery, grand larceny, rape, burglary and felony assault. Some information on those crimes can be found on the NYPD's CompStat 2.0 website and on the NYPD's NYC Crime Map.