In a city of garbage trucks, car alarms, crying babies and neighbors having band practice at 1 a.m. on a Wednesday night, only one noise violation has the honor of being the subject of a Times profile (this week): Loud bars. As the weather cools to being bearable at night, "unregulated" roof and backyard drinking holes are causing a ruckus for neighbors who seem otherwise fine with living in a noisy neighborhood. Michael Jones, the Liquor Authority’s deputy chief boils the argument down to one sentence: "They have a right to run a business, and the community has a right to have quiet and the ability to sleep at night."

The tensions have produced public hearings, community board meetings, and a new law allowing the Liquor Authority to revoke a bar's license if police are called six times in 60 days, but people on both sides are unwilling to make compromises. Long Island City's Lounge 47 manager Niall Carolan acknowledged that their clientele "wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the towers that have gone up," but said, “Sometimes things get boisterous and there are some expletives used, but these things happen in bars." Deal.

Lounge 47 neighbor and lifelong LIC resident Paul Raschilla says the club hasn't done enough to remind patrons that they're partying next to his kitchen window. He said, "I think they could do a better job of educating the people who come in that once they’re in the back, they’re part of a community." Is it too much to ask that everyone realize we live in a crowded city and need to be respectful of the desires of others, whether they be enjoying a beer outside or getting a good night's sleep? Probably. Outrage is just so much more fun.