Inside The New York Public Library 2023 Library Lions Gala


The New York Public Library hosted its annual Library Lions Gala this month to raise critical funds to support the Library’s mission to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen communities. The steps leading up to the Library’s Fifth Avenue entrance glistened with glass lanterns as 450 of New York’s finest entered for a magical evening filled with cocktails, speeches and dancing. KDHampton’s New York contributor, Brittany Eger attended the event living out her Gossip Girl dreams. Check out Brittany’s reel HERE to get a glimpse of the night and read on for all of the glamorous details below….

KDHampton’s NYC writer Brittany Eger

The historic building came to life as gowns glided on the floor, heels pitter-pattered, and laughter echoed throughout the halls. Walking through the New York Public Library is an inspiring experience, taking in the marble floors, tall ceilings etched with art and grand chandeliers. This year’s Lions honored at the Gala included culinary entrepreneur Ina Garten, novelist Khaled Hosseini, choreographer Bill T. Jones, author David Nasaw, and film director Steven Spielberg.

Tony Marx, Steven Spielberg, Ina Garten, Bill T. Jones, Khaled Hosseini, David Nasaw

A 13-piece orchestra accompanied the dinner and program in The Rose Main Reading Room. The evening concluded with the Young Lions afterparty in Astor Hall. Other notable attendees include actors Steve Martin and Maggie Gyllenhaal, below.

Steven Spielberg, Steve Martin

The New York Public Library’s annual Library Lions Gala raises critical funds to support the Library’s 92 neighborhood locations, robust educational programming, and world-renowned research collections used by scholars, writers, artists and students every day. Support of this event ensures that the Library’s collections, programs, and services remain freely available, offering knowledge, education, and opportunity to all. 

Stephen A. Schwarzman, Christine Schwarzman

Ina Garten
Andres Santo Domingo, Lauren Santo Domingo
Kathy Rayner, Merryl Tisch, Lionel Larner
Elise Taylor
Derek Blasberg, Candice Bergen, Nick Brown

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