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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.

Riding The Rails On Pennsylvania's Original Turnpike

Riding The Rails On Pennsylvania’s Original Turnpike

February 16, 2018  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

As Phase One of the Reading Viaduct Rail Park sets to open this spring, Harry K. takes us on a ride along the Philadelphia & Columbia Railroad, one of the earliest railroads in America > more

Prefab Future For Former African-American Cemetery In West Philly

Prefab Future For Former African-American Cemetery In West Philly

January 29, 2018  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Harry K. unearths an old African-American cemetery in West Philadelphia that was owned by a church connected to the Underground Railroad. The land is currently being redeveloped for residential construction > more

SEPTA Spruces Up The Underground With Downtown Link

SEPTA Spruces Up The Underground With Downtown Link

January 18, 2018  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Harry K. takes us on a tour of the city's extensive pedestrian underground concourse network, soon to be rebranded by SEPTA as the "Downtown Link" > more

Secrets! Romance! Scandal! The Hush-Hush Love Of Philly's Paint King And His Irish Lass

Secrets! Romance! Scandal! The Hush-Hush Love Of Philly’s Paint King And His Irish Lass

December 8, 2017  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Harry K. takes us to Old City where the flames of a secret affair scorched newspaper headlines in the early 1900s > more

Ury House Demo In The 1970s Erased Oldest Home In PA

Ury House Demo In The 1970s Erased Oldest Home In PA

October 25, 2017  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Did Philly allow one of the oldest dwellings in Pennsylvania to be destroyed in the 1970s? Harry K. has this cautionary tale for a redeveloping city with a poor preservation scorecard and a history of demolition > more