For most, Saint Patrick's Day means wearing green, having fun and going out to drink. That goes without saying. Even here in Carroll Gardens, a neighborhood that was home to a large Irish population before it became predominantly Italian, many will celebrate the night away. That's cool.
P.J. Hanley's at 449 Court Street, is certainly expecting a huge crowd tonight. To accommodate everyone for St. Patrick's Day, they have erected a huge tent over their already tented courtyard, and it extends all the way onto the sidewalk. (Are they allowed to do that? Just asking...)
The tavern, founded in 1875, has been using its side courtyard as outdoor seating for a couple of years now. A few summer seasons ago, the owners covered part of the yard with a big semi-permanent tent, so that they could extend the season and increase seating in their establishment, even when the weather was not co-operating.
As the saying goes, one man's pleasure is another man's pain. One has to feel bad for Hanley's neighbors. It's bound to be a very, very loud and sleepless night for them.