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Philadelphia’s Lost Waterfront

Few books have made me reconsider a city historically like Philadelphia’s Lost Waterfront – by walking through the Delaware waterfront block-by-block, Kyriakodis reveals a Philadelphia that none of us knew; and parts that not even our ancestors’ ancestors would have experienced. From early settlement caves along the river to the creation of Water Street and later Delaware Ave, the book makes an amble down the waterfront so much richer to experience.

Some of my favorite highlights were the Church of St. John’s, a church that used to float on the water; the original waterfront steps, only one of which exists today; and the Blue Anchor Tavern, which was to be situated at the top of one of those steps (to a great deal of inebriated misfortune as you might expect).

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