Karen Chernick is an art historian and museum professional who recently moved to Philadelphia from Tel Aviv. She is excited to discover the stories that her new home has to tell through its design, architecture and urban renewal.
Robert Wood's renowned foundry at the corner of Ridge Avenue and 12th Street on Spring Garden Street once produced some of the nation's finest ornamental iron work. The neighborhood is slowly awakening with renewal, yet the revered company's former site remains an empty, blighted lot > more
The fatal outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease this summer in South Bronx has taken the lives of 12 New Yorkers. Contributor Karen Chernick revisits the bacteria's history with the first identified epidemic at the Bellevue Stratford Hotel on Broad Street > more
The Philadelphia Art Alliance celebrates 100 years with the installation exhibition, Home Is Where You Hang Your Hat > more
Philadelphia leads the nation in off beat residential window displays. In neighborhoods like East Passyunk and Point Breeze it is almost a requirement, be it a quirky collection of ceramic dolphins and family photos, Beanie Babies, religious iconography, or Phillies memorabilia and the family pet. One such display on Delancey Place in Rittenhouse Square stops pedestrians square in their tracks with a bronze gladiator statue and an endearing commitment to wit. Hidden City contributor Karen Chernick takes a peek behind the bay window to give us the story of Mister 1801 > more