Books received: Northern Liberties

About the Lower East Side, where I live now, there seem to be few brief, straightforward narrative histories. Not so for the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia, where I lived and spent quite a bit of time through the 1970s and 1980s and about which I wrote here. Just yesterday, Amazon dropped at my door Northern Liberties: The Story of a Philadelphia River Ward by Harry Kyriakodis, a nicely illustrated 200-page history of the neighborhood published by The History Press in 2012. A full report will follow.