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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.

Always Funny In Philadelphia

Always Funny In Philadelphia

January 3, 2012  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

From The Tony Randall Show to Angie(!) to Amen and the Fresh Prince, Philly on the tube, as imagined in Hollywood > more

A Church, A Riot, A Steeple, And The National Shrine of Santo Nino

A Church, A Riot, A Steeple, And The National Shrine of Santo Nino

December 23, 2011  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

19 years ago, massive winds blew William Strickland's 1829 steeple off of St. Augustine's in Old City. We uncover the long, adventurous story of what's become the national shrine of the Filipino saint > more

Time To Take Back the Tea Party

Time To Take Back the Tea Party

December 16, 2011  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Philadelphia intervention set the stage for the Boston Tea Party (238 years ago today), even more decisive was a peaceful protest--the largest public gathering yet in colonial America--that sent the British tea importers packing for good > more

These Walls Can Speak

These Walls Can Speak

December 14, 2011  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

The Girard College wall, built to the stipulations of Stephen Girard's will, has stood as a witness to history. Today, as a documentary film on the life of Stephen Girard is released, we reveal 2 stories imbedded in the wall, and a mystery > more

Relieve The Monotony

Relieve The Monotony

December 5, 2011  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Spark's Shot Tower in Queen Village, an early remnant of the industrial city, still towers above the rowhouse neighborhood > more