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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 Disaster Waiting To Happen? Oil Trains And The Collision at Fairmount Park Tunnel

A Disaster Waiting To Happen? Oil Trains And The Collision at Fairmount Park Tunnel

March 23, 2015  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Crude oil train accidents are happening all over the country at an alarming rate. As 160,000 barrels move through Philadelphia daily, many worry that a disaster is going to happen sooner than later. Harry K put an eye on present day concerns about the oil trains running along the Schuylkill River East Side Railroad and looks at the tragic accident of 1900 inside Fairmount Park Tunnel > more

A View Of The Bicentennial From The Top Of Penn Mutual

A View Of The Bicentennial From The Top Of Penn Mutual

February 4, 2015  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

A new public observation deck is opening this summer on the 57th floor of One Liberty Place and Harry K. couldn't be more pleased. Join him in the glass elevator to the top of the old Penn Mutual building as he evokes the Spirit of '76 > more

Rebooting Bookie's: Garces Group Awakens The Spirit Of An Old Original Legend

Rebooting Bookie’s: Garces Group Awakens The Spirit Of An Old Original Legend

January 14, 2015  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

In honor of Chef Jose Garces' reopening of the Old Original Bookbinder's at Second and Walnut Streets last week, Harry K serves us up this history on a half shell. From its humble beginnings as a 19th century dockside oyster saloon to becoming Philadelphia's most famous restaurant, Bookie's reputation still endures > more

In Fairmount Park,

In Fairmount Park, “Unsurpassed” Collection Of Mansions Dressed For The Holidays

December 11, 2014  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Every year the houses of Fairmount Park get gussied up for their holiday open house tours. Harry K decks the halls with boughs of laurel with his rundown of the largest and finest collection of authentic colonial and federal houses in the United States > more

Single Most Transformative Investment? The Commuter Rail Tunnel, Now Turning 30

Single Most Transformative Investment? The Commuter Rail Tunnel, Now Turning 30

November 7, 2014  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

30 years ago Monday the first trains rolled through Philadelphia's $300+ million commuter rail tunnel. It was a visionary, risky, and necessary project, says Harry K. He brings us the full story of its construction, still paying off dividends today > more