Archive for Harry K’s Encyclopedia

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

The Missing Namesake Of North Philly's Lost Necropolis

The Missing Namesake Of North Philly’s Lost Necropolis

October 21, 2014  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Next up in our Halloween cemetery series: Harry K hits the tomes looking for the missing obelisk of Monument Cemetery. Is it sitting in a gravestone dumping ground at the foot of the Betsy Ross Bridge? Its fate may be forever unknown > more

A Rich Past And Possible Green Future For Spring Garden Street

A Rich Past And Possible Green Future For Spring Garden Street

September 19, 2014  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council is hosting a block party this Saturday to highlight plans that would transform Spring Garden Street into a progressive urban greenway. Harry K. is optimistic and gives us the history of this once great thoroughfare > more