Become a connoisseur of Vietnamese cooking, learn how to fly (with the help of some trapeze nets) or educate yourself on the current economic state of New York City tonight. By Carly Petrone.

How Hugh Carey Saved the City

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Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY
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In 1975, New York City was on the brink of bankruptcy. Hugh Carey, New York’s 51st governor, helped the city get out of this potentially detrimental crisis. Sam Roberts of The New York Timesmoderates a discussion with Stephen Berger, executive director of the Emergency Financial Control Board under Governor Carey. Others on the panel include Ester R. Ruchs (Columbia University), Peter Goldmark (former budget director under Carey), Richard Ravitch (former chair of the Urban Development Corporation) and Felix G. Rohatyn (former chairman of the Municipal Assistance Corporation of the State of New York). They’ll also talk about the current budgetary woes of New York through the lens of the fiscal crisis of 1975. Event starts at 5:30pm and tickets are $15 for members, $20 for non-members, and $20 for priority seating.

Coastal Vietnamese Cooking

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Whole Foods Market
95 E. Houston St.
New York, NY
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Learn how to make coastal Vietnamese food from Chef Orianne Cosentino tonight at the Bowery Culinary Center inside Whole Foods Market. Cook dishes from the northern region to the Southern Mekong Delta using a variety of delicacies from the sea. On the menu tonight: Traditional Vietnamese Catfish in Caramel Sauce, Shrimp and Rice-Noodle Summer Rolls, Pineapple Seafood Soup, Fragrant Lemongrass Mussels and Coconut Sticky Rice. Yum! Tickets are $65 and class starts at 7pm.

Flying Trapeze – Outdoors

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Trapeze School New York
Pier 40
353 West 27th St.
New York, NY
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Ever wanted to fly? You can come close by taking flying trapeze lessons at Trapeze School New York. Take your first class tonight and get a sense for this exhilarating sport. Learn routines you can do at home to improve your flying, have a great time with your classmates, and learn from expert instructors. Plus, you’ll soar through the air with New York City as your backdrop. Not a bad place to try this out! Class goes from 5:45pm-7:45pm and is $60.

Handsy + The Faculty and Friends

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The People’s Improv Theater
123 E. 24th St.
New York, NY
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Check out some hilarious free comedy tonight at The Peoples Improv Theater (PIT). Watch The Faculty and Friends perform on stage, which are made up of your favorite PIT instructors. Improv group Handsy will also be there to make you laugh. Made up of Danielia Donohue, Dewey Caddell, Geoff Grimwood, Maragret Lyons, Paul Wielunski, Rielly Owens, Steve Siddell and Steve Soroka, they seem to have no problem with personal space. Come ready to laugh! Show starts at 10pm.

Gardens for Gourmets: From Rooftop to Table with Eli Zabar

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French Institute Alliance Francaise NYC
22 E. 60th St.
New York, NY

Eli Zabar, owner of Eli’s Manhattan, E.A.T., Eli’s Vinegar Factory and partner with the Peconic Land Trust grows salda, herbs and tomatoes on his Upper East Side rooftop. He even uses bees to help pollinate the plants. Join him tonight at the French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF) where he’ll discuss the importance of fresh produce and how time spent in the markets of France has influences his work and lifestyle. Tickets are $25 for non-members, $20 for members. Event begins at 7pm.

The Gutter

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200 North 14th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Aaron Glaser and Lee Rubenstein are back and ready to bring Williamsburg some of the funniest stand up acts to the stage. Tonight’s line up includes Brooke Van Poppelen (Comedy Central), Jeffrey Joseph (The Tonight Show), Lucas Molandes (SXSW), Josh Rabinowitz (College Humor) and Alon Elian. These guys know how to make an audience laugh. Plus, you can buy cheap beer, a round of bowling, and rock out some pretty awesome rental shoes. Show starts at 8pm and it’s free.

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Carly Petrone is a freelance writer and make-up artist living in New York City.

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