The Wall

Stephen Zook Favorite Spot: The Manayunk Wall Neighborhood: Manayunk Address: Begins at Main Street and Levering Street, proceeds on worn cobblestone Cresson Street under the railway, then back on to Levering Street (or so says Wikipedia) I am: a Philly transplant and proud Temple graduate, I spend my time running, biking, swimming in the Schuylkill, drinking beer, arguing with my dog, and starting new writing projects that I never finish. Years in Philly: 8 Current Home: Fitler Square My Love Note I came out for exercise, gentle Read more

In just ten days Philly Beer Week manages to make this city even more special

Jordan Price Favorite Philly Spot: Each of the participating bars during Philly Beer Week I Am: Delco-raised, a recently graduated Quaker, and a SEPTA-sponsored Philly explorer Years in Philly: 2 Current Home: Fitler Square My Love Note Dear Philly Beer Week, Waking up to you is like Christmas, my birthday, and the first day of Rumspringa all rolled into one. And, the best part is, you’re not a week at all. You’re ten glorious days nestled carefully on the tail end of spring when luxurious libations Read more

Calling all saucer-heads

Editor's Note: The Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance are having a big party tonight to celebrate their well-deserved victory -- one of too few wins in Philly that preserve some of our architecturally renowned buildings. If you're interested in preservation in Philly (or just want to party), check out their In With The Old event tonight. Lauren Drapala Favorite Spot: Fairmount Park Welcome Center Address: 1599 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19102 Neighborhood: Center City I Am: a full-time architectural conservator, part-time Read more

Love Note #248: The Wall

Stephen Zook
Favorite Spot: The Manayunk Wall
Neighborhood: Manayunk
Address: Begins at Main Street and Levering Street, proceeds on worn cobblestone Cresson Street under the railway, then back on to Levering Street (or so says Wikipedia)

I am: a Philly transplant and proud Temple graduate, I spend my time running, biking, swimming in the Schuylkill, drinking beer, arguing with my dog, and starting new writing projects that I never finish.
Years in Philly: 8
Current Home: Fitler Square

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Love Note #247: In just ten days Philly Beer Week manages to make this city even more special

Jordan Price
Favorite Philly Spot: Each of the participating bars during Philly Beer Week

I Am: Delco-raised, a recently graduated Quaker, and a SEPTA-sponsored Philly explorer
Years in Philly: 2
Current Home: Fitler Square

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Love Note #246: Calling all saucer-heads

Editor’s Note: The Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance are having a big party tonight to celebrate their well-deserved victory — one of too few wins in Philly that preserve some of our architecturally renowned buildings. If you’re interested in preservation in Philly (or just want to party), check out their In With The Old event tonight.

Lauren Drapala
Favorite Spot: Fairmount Park Welcome Center
Address: 1599 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Neighborhood: Center City

I Am: a full-time architectural conservator, part-time bowler
Years in Philly: 7
Current Home: South of South

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Love Note #245: If I’m ever lost and I can make it back to Broad, I know where I am

Editor’s Note: This post features photos by the amazing @cbeatz, who takes some of my favorite skyline photos, and who introduced me to the Belmont Plateau. Check out Chris’ full feed on Instagram.

Amanda
Favorite Spot: Anywhere along the way

I Am: Politically incorrect, morally corrupt, and cynically optimistic, but always stopping to appreciate the moment
Years in Philly: 10

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Love Note #244 To the diagonal rogue riders

Alice Bateman
Favorite Spot: Bob’s Diner on Ridge Avenue
Address: 6053 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19128
Neighborhood: Roxborough

I Am: an avid reader, amateur kite flier and middle school teacher
Years in Philly: 35
Current Home: Wyndmoor

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Love Note #243: There is no such thing as the “perfect” place

Editor’s Note: This post features photos by the amazing @stanleyphoto, who somehow manages to capture scenes in ways that I didn’t know were possible. Check out Matt’s full feed on Instagram.

Liz Pagonis
Favorite Spot: All of Philly

I am: a former social worker currently living in South Philly who has lived in other Philly neighborhoods
Years in Philly: almost 11
Current Home: Pennsport

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Love Note #242: Thousands of post-it notes are why Al Lee loves Rosa’s Fresh Pizza

Albert Lee

Favorite Spot: Rosa’s Fresh Pizza
Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 25 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

I Am: A native son of the 215, a proud Philly evangelist and a instagrammer.
Current Home: Chinatown
Years in Philly: 35

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Best of Philly 2015 Collaboration

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Each year I look forward to Philadelphia Magazine‘s “Best of Philly” issue. The waterfront has even won a few over the last couple of years (shout out to Spruce Street Harbor Park and the Race Street Pier)! I didn’t realize it, but the magazine has actually been doing this issue for over 40 years — oh how fun it would be to look back in the archives from the 70s.

This year Philly Love Notes and Philadelphia Magazine are doing a collaboration where you can submit a “Best of” love note for one of the categories below:

Best City Park
Best Neighborhood Bar
Best Late Night Restaurant
Best Museum

So, what are your favorite places in these categories? Send over your choice in the form of a love note (Need help? Here are 241 examples). This is a chance to highlight some of the hidden gems in the city that you have a real connection with. On June 8th, the Philly Mag editors and I will comb through the submissions and the best note in each category will run in the August issue of Best of Philly! If you’ve been procrastinating on that Philly Love Note, now’s the perfect time to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard.

Submissions can be made directly through the blog or via email to phillylovenotes@gmail.com. For those of you still writing on paper, and I really really hope there are some of you out there, mail them to me at 2036S 17th St, 19145.

FINE PRINT: Please limit the love notes to 200 words

SECOND FINE PRINT: The editors reserve the right to edit some submissions for space reasons

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Love Note #241: Philadelphia and Mexican food

Julie Hancher
Favorite Philly Place: The Taquerias – El Jarocho, Jose’s Tacos, Que Chula Es Puebla & Mas.

I Am: A writer, social media professional, advocate for sustainability & lover of Philly
Years in Philly: 7 years, grew up in the Philly ‘burbs almost my whole life
Current Home: Bella Vista

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Philly Set Go Talk on March 5

Occasionally opportunities come up for me to speak at events about Philly Love Notes. Aside from being terrified of public speaking (see Ignite Talk for reference), I’m sometimes unsure of how this project fits into larger political or media conversations. However, when Philly Set Go recently asked me to speak at an event that they’re hosting this Thursday, March 5th from 6:30-8:30, I thought it could be a really interesting collaboration.

Philly Set Go, along with the 5th Square, are two relatively recent additions to the Philadelphia political sphere that have piqued my interest.

  • Philly Set Go is a non-partisan political action committee with a simple mission: encourage millennials to become more involved in local politics so that city government is more responsive to our concerns, particularly improvements to quality of life, job growth, and education.
  • The 5th Square is a political action committee organized within the State of Pennsylvania to advocate for smart policy for transportation, public space, land use, and better governance in Philadelphia.

In the past, I’ve been generally apolitical, in part because of my work — I don’t want my personal interests to be in any way confused with my organization’s positions — and in part because the political system has seemed untouchable — how could I possibly affect change in the city? What I’ve learned, and what I’ll be talking about is how we can make changes in the city from within, both by voting with feet and dollars, and in our choice of work, play, and personal projects.

So please come join and support a great organization that can help us make this a great city.

Details: Philly Set Go (part 2)
When: Thursday, March 5th from 6:30-8:30
Where: La Colombe, 1335 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125

The Inquirer just wrote up a piece about millennial political involvement in Philly that at the very least has a very “lively” comments section (what else is new?).

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