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Karen Chernick

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.

Philly's Flag Obsession, In Two Parts

Philly’s Flag Obsession, In Two Parts

October 2, 2015  |  Vantage

The 1100 block of Rodman Street's 14 year flag project has a strange prequel in the work of another Rodman, the son of John Wanamaker > more

Finding Robert Wood: The Long Lost Foundry Of An Iconic Ironworker

Finding Robert Wood: The Long Lost Foundry Of An Iconic Ironworker

September 21, 2015  |  Vantage

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

Bacteria And The Bellevue: The Birthplace Of Legionnaires’ Disease

Bacteria And The Bellevue: The Birthplace Of Legionnaires’ Disease

September 4, 2015  |  Vantage

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 At 100: Centennial Exhibition Celebrates The Wetherill Mansion

The Philadelphia Art Alliance At 100: Centennial Exhibition Celebrates The Wetherill Mansion

August 12, 2015  |  Vantage

The Philadelphia Art Alliance celebrates 100 years with the installation exhibition, Home Is Where You Hang Your Hat > more

Mister 1801 Of Delancey Place

Mister 1801 Of Delancey Place

July 8, 2015  |  Vantage

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