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Harry Kyriakodis

Harry Kyriakodis, author of Philadelphia's Lost Waterfront (2011), Northern Liberties: The Story of a Philadelphia River Ward (2012) and The Benjamin Franklin Parkway (2014), regularly gives walking tours and presentations on unique yet unappreciated parts of the city. A founding/certified member of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides, he is a graduate of La Salle University and Temple University School of Law, and was once an officer in the U.S. Army Field Artillery. He has collected what is likely the largest private collection of books about the City of Brotherly Love: over 2700 titles new and old.

Pioneering Quakers As Spontaneous Urbanists

Pioneering Quakers As Spontaneous Urbanists

December 2, 2011  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Awaiting the arrival of William Penn, pioneering Quakers inhabited caves--some of which became taverns and brothels--dug into the muddy west bank of the Delaware River > more

San Francisco Treat

San Francisco Treat

November 28, 2011  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

The classic PTC cars running on Market Street in San Francisco aren't the only SF-Philly transit connection--almost 130 years ago SF was the first city to install a cable car system, designed by Philadelphian Eleazer Gardner > more

When We Were Ready

When We Were Ready

November 23, 2011  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

"Operation Scram," which took place in Philadelphia on the morning of November 23, 1954--57 years ago today--was the code name for the first civil defense evacuation drill in a large American city > more

Flash of Discovery

Flash of Discovery

November 14, 2011  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

The remarkable (though sad) story of St. John's Lutheran Church, its cemetery, and the surrounding homes and streets before the Ben Franklin Bridge > more

Invisible NoLibs

Invisible NoLibs

November 9, 2011  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

One building on 3rd Street--"flash drinking house," theater, temperance house, piano factory, clubhouse, repair shop--180 years and countless dreams > more