SLA Hearing On Woodland’s Liquor License Scheduled For June 18

PARK SLOPE – Another New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, June 18, regarding the fate of Woodland’s liquor license.

Woodland, 242 Flatbush Avenue (Photo: Pamela Wong/Bklyner)

As reported last week, following a May 29, 2019 SLA disciplinary hearing regarding eleven violations issued against Woodland on March 29, 2019, SLA issued an Emergency Order of Suspension on the venue’s liquor license last Thursday (June 6). An NYS Supreme Court judge lifted the order the next day. A second Supreme Court hearing is scheduled for Friday, June 14 to determine whether the temporary restraining order will remain in place, permitting the business to continue serving alcohol until SLA’s next move.

Tuesday’s SLA hearing will address 11 additional charges against Woodland filed March 28, 2019 including “permitting dancing, contrary to application,” permitting the premises to “become disorderly,” and “the occurrence of noise, disturbance, misconduct or disorder in the licensed premises, in front of or adjacent to the licensed premises…” which resulted in the location “becoming a focal point for police attention.”

Located at 242 Flatbush Avenue at the corner of 6th Avenue, Woodland serves a bottomless mimosa brunch on weekends which attracts large crowds. Many neighbors have complained about the venue over the years accusing its patrons of public drunkenness and disorderly behavior.

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Representatives from Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon’s office and Council Member Brad Lander’s office will attend next week’s SLA hearing to observe the proceedings, according to Riki Gross, a rep for Simon, who spoke at the Brooklyn Community Board 6 General Board meeting Wednesday evening. The Assembly Member and Council Member Lander have co-written three letters to the SLA in the past two years expressing their concerns about the business and its impact on locals, Gross told Bklyner. Both elected officials will submit testimony at Tuesday’s SLA hearing.

Members of the public are permitted to attend the SLA hearing and provide testimony for or against the business.

The hearing will take place at 10am on Tuesday, June 18 at the New York State Liquor Authority, 163 West 125th Street, 8th Floor, NYC.

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Pamela Wong

Pam is a staff reporter at Bklyner, covering North-Western parts of Brooklyn. You can reach her at Pamela@bklyner.com. Tips are always welcome. She also writes about art at arthag.typepad.com.

Comments

  1. Woodland is being targeted because it is frequented primarily by blacks. This is so racist, and I will be at the hearing to voice my concerns. Nasty gentrifiers!

  2. Please don’t play the race card. Woodland is indeed noisy and the patrons drive from elsewhere taking up a lot of local parking spots.

  3. I’m mixed race, been in the neighborhood for 15 years and this is not a race issue. It’s a disorderly issue and the owners not helping to resolve neighbors complaints. There are lots of other places in the area frequented by (and some run by) blacks that are successful and great places- Sugarcane and Bleachers next door, Franks Lounge, BK9, Bogota, Negril BK, 200 5th, Shaking Crab. Even the old Voodoo Lounge where Miti Miti is now used to get crazy on the weekends and they never lost their liquor license.

  4. F Ground – there is no such thing as a “race card.” It is clear that you are a white person, because being black everyday isn’t a “card” to play, it’s my reality.

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