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Fifth Avenue vs. Central Park; NYC's Festival of Lights

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UPPER EAST SIDE?Architectural historian Barry Lewis, who has hosted a series of walking tours on PBS, will be offering a Fifth Avenue vs. Central Park West face-off next Tuesday, October 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Upper East Side's Temple Emanu-El. Some lecture deets: "Lewis' comparative exploration will dissect the many eccentricities of the avenues, including Fifth Avenue's opulent though short-lived Gilded Age mansions (many of which stood for less than 20 years) and the origin of the twin-towered apartment building that gives Central Park West its special skyline." [CurbedWire Inbox]

NOLITA?It's mark your calendar day on CurbedWire. This Thursday evening, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Elizabeth Street Garden will host "First Light," a preview of the city's first annual lighting festival. And yep, that's exactly what it sounds like?the festival will feature installations from all sorts of lighting artists, both local and international. [CurbedWire Inbox]