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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.

A Century Ago, A Series Of Skews And Slants For Streets

A Century Ago, A Series Of Skews And Slants For Streets

July 10, 2014  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Harry K. investigates the rationale and planning for Benjamin Franklin Parkway over a century ago, as well as a series of other unrealized diagonal streets that were proposed, in a calculated, efficient way, to add European sophistication and cultural grandeur to the city > more

Logan Square, Lincoln & The Great Sanitary Fair of 1864

Logan Square, Lincoln & The Great Sanitary Fair of 1864

June 20, 2014  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

150 years ago, while the Civil War raged, Philadelphians attended the Great Sanitary Fair on Logan Square to support the troops. Harry K takes a look at the event, which raised more than a million dollars and helped pave the way for the Centennial Exposition of 1876 > more

Delaware Valley, U.S.A.

Delaware Valley, U.S.A.

June 9, 2014  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Last fall, Econsult's Steve Mullin launched a campaign to do away with the "Delaware Valley" regional nickname. Here, Harry K. investigates the decentralized term and finds an unlikely source: our paper of record > more

Of Safe Houses and Cod Liver Oil: Sad Ol' Wallace Street In Northern Liberties

Of Safe Houses and Cod Liver Oil: Sad Ol’ Wallace Street In Northern Liberties

May 22, 2014  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

This week, the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association approved the redevelopment of the former Wampole Pharmaceutical Company factory at Fourth and Wallace Streets. But Harry K says there's more to the story about this forgotten block. He lays it out here > more

Respectfully Remembering the Affable One

Respectfully Remembering the Affable One

May 7, 2014  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

On a recent day in early May, a group of citizens gathered in Old City to honor Tamanend, whose tall statue resides over the I-95 on-ramp at Front & Market Streets. Harry K. looks back at Chief Tamanend, the principal Lenni-Lenape leader who welcomed William Penn upon his arrival to this region so long ago, and why the good-natured and honorable sachem should be celebrated today > more