Author Archive

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.

The Life And Death Of Callowhill

The Life And Death Of Callowhill

February 10, 2016  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Callowhill Street is now a two-way from 2nd Street to Columbus Boulevard, changing the one-way east-heading regulation that has been in place since I-95 was built. Harry K connects the new ordinance with the salty history and sad ending of the surrounding neighborhood > more

The Near Death Of A Dowager And Her Vow To God

The Near Death Of A Dowager And Her Vow To God

December 14, 2015  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

After narrowly escaping cannibalism while lost at sea, an elderly Presbyterian widow fulfills a promise to the Lord. Harry K. has this sensational tale about the origins of the Church of the Vow > more

Losing Our <em>Independence</em>: Bicentennial Film In Last Days

Losing Our Independence: Bicentennial Film In Last Days

November 16, 2015  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Harry K. waxes nostalgic about Independence, a 28-minute John Huston film about the American Revolutionary War that has been playing at Independence National Historical Park since the Bicentennial > more

Indestructible At Broad And Callowhill

Indestructible At Broad And Callowhill

November 4, 2015  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Harry K climbs the mountainous Terminal Commerce Building at Broad and Callowhill Streets to deliver this 360 degree view of the industrial giant > more

In Celebration of

In Celebration of “Ciao Philadelphia,” A Look At Italian Immigrant Heritage of Pier 19

October 19, 2015  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Long before Dave and Buster's brought cheese fries and air hockey to the Delaware River, Pier 19 was a central hub for ferry service, maritime commerce, and Italian immigration. Harry K. ties off the mooring line and brings the history of this dynamic landing ashore > more