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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.

Fever 1793: With Capital In Crisis, Stephen Girard Rises To The Occasion

Fever 1793: With Capital In Crisis, Stephen Girard Rises To The Occasion

April 4, 2012  |  History

In honor of "Fever: 1793" airing tonight on 6ABC, Harry Kyriakodis gives us some insight into the epidemic that brought Philadelphia to its knees--and led to the first public health laws in the nation. Twenty thousand citizens fled to the countryside, including members of the federal government, but merchant-shipper Stephen Girard chose to stay > more

Not Your Ordinary Fire Plugs

Not Your Ordinary Fire Plugs

March 19, 2012  |  History

Harry K dips into one of his favorite subjects--Philadelphia's high pressure fire system--and finds the iconic red fire plugs--emblem of innovation--disappearing > more

The Street Under The Bank

The Street Under The Bank

March 8, 2012  |  History

Harry K dips into the record--and the waterfront--to find the last remains of storied Water Street, road of firsts, including what might have been the first dispute over building height restrictions in the Americas > more

Larry, Fine, and Joe

Larry, Fine, and Joe

February 28, 2012  |  History

Pop culture mavin Harry K relives his youth watching The Three Stooges, only recently discovering the brilliant comedy team's Philly roots go beyond the weird and wonderful Larry Fine > more

On The Day To Honor Abe (And George), We Present You Log Cabins

On The Day To Honor Abe (And George), We Present You Log Cabins

February 20, 2012  |  History

Harry K takes us on a tour of the region's log cabins brought here by the pioneers of New Sweden > more