BPL’s ‘Masquerade Bowl’ was spectacular

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What’s the good word? Brooklyn Public Library President and CEO Linda Johnson can’t mask her smile next to library Chairman of the Board Anthony Crowell (left) and Borough President Markowitz.
The ball even brought out “Real Housewive” stars Alex McCord and hubby Simon Van Kempen, who got into the spirit of the event.
Legendary Park Slope writer Paul Auster takes to the mic.
Awesome award! Borough President Markowitz’s citation to Brooklyn Public Library Board Chairman Anthony Crowell was jokingly intercepted by author Paul Auster as Library President and CEO LInda Johnson looks on.

Talk about doing devilish double duty!

Seekers of thrills got their freak on — and felled pins like spooktacular alley cats all evening long — when the Brooklyn Public Library held a Masquerade Bowl After-Party on Thursday at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg.

The benefit revel drew a red carpet crowd, including Amanda Setton of “Gossip Girl,” and author and comedian Amanda Stern, in addition to (obviously) Borough President Markowitz, who doled out citations, and reality stars Alex McCord and Simon Van Kempen, recently dumped by Bravo TV’s “Real Housewives of New York,” who masked their sorrows by strutting their statuesque selves in twin peek-a-boo eye shades.

The crowd wigged out to ’80s music by tribute band Rubix Kube and triff tunes spun by DJ Mikey Palms, while celebrated Brooklyn author Paul Auster — the man behind such jolly good tales as “The New York Trilogy,” “Leviathan,” “Mr. Vertigo” and “Sunset Park” — was given special honors for his part in advancing the good word, and making Brooklyn a global hub of great literature.

The festive frolic was also a phant-tastic chance to support a great cause, plus let your hair down, according to Linda Johnson, the library’s president and CEO.

“The gala gave an opportunity for everyone who believes in the enormous importance and potential of the library a chance to be a part of its success while also enjoying a great party!” she extolled.

The exec added that event proceeds will help supplement books, materials and programming at all 60 Brooklyn neighborhood library branches, which have seen their funding cut by the budget axe.

Reach reporter Shavana Abruzzo at or by calling (718) 260-2529.
Updated 5:27 pm, July 9, 2018
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