Summer #whyilovephilly Party

Have you heard the news about the new Spruce Street Harbor Park pop-up coming to the Delaware River Waterfront? Well this summer's #whyilovephilly Party is going to be its preview party (it's convenient when you both run Philly Love Notes and work for the waterfront). If you don't know what I'm talking about, think of the Penn's Landing Marina (where the tall ships are) transformed with hammocks everywhere, mist walks, an urban beach and boardwalk, and best of all, floating Read more

Papercutting Philly (my homage to Joe B)

I recently started a side-side project doing small (3x5) paper cuts of Philly. My science brain likes the clean lines and orderliness of precision cutting, and my hyperactive brain actually concentrates for the couple hours it takes to make each one. I've been creating custom ones for friends and whomever else answered my posts on social media, but they're something I'm thinking about potentially selling to raise funds for a Philly Love Note website upgrade -- a much much Read more

The struggle to love Philadelphia

This love note was originally published in the Philadelphia Daily News. It has been slightly edited to fit the Philly Love Notes blog. Helen Ubinas Favorite Spot: Art Museum steps Neighborhood: Art Museum Address: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 I am: A columnist at the Daily News Years in Philly: 2 Current neighborhood: Chestnut Hill My Love Note I wasn't sure I was over my last relationship with that smaller city north of here when you came along. But next thing I knew, you're sweeping me off Read more

Summer #whyilovephilly Party

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Have you heard the news about the new Spruce Street Harbor Park pop-up coming to the Delaware River Waterfront? Well this summer’s #whyilovephilly Party is going to be its preview party (it’s convenient when you both run Philly Love Notes and work for the waterfront).

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, think of the Penn’s Landing Marina (where the tall ships are) transformed with hammocks everywhere, mist walks, an urban beach and boardwalk, and best of all, floating barges, gardens and nets that suspend you over the water. Oh yeah, there will also be a bar and restaurant, so you can do this all with a drink and food in hand. Need more info, check out Zagat Philly, Foobooz or the Inquirer for details.

AND….. it’s also going to be the album release show for Ron Gallo, with the Lawsuits and Up the Chain. So save June 26th, time TBA, for what will hopefully be one of the best parties of the summer. And if you’re interested in contributing in some way because you want to show your love for Philly, hit me up at phillylovenotes@gmail.com.

What: #whyilovephilly Party Summer Edition

When: Thursday, June 26, 2014

Where: The new Spruce Street Harbor Park at Spruce and Columbus Blvd. 

Why: Because we all have to show Philly some love

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Papercutting Philly (my homage to Joe B)

I recently started a side-side project doing small (3×5) paper cuts of Philly. My science brain likes the clean lines and orderliness of precision cutting, and my hyperactive brain actually concentrates for the couple hours it takes to make each one. I’ve been creating custom ones for friends and whomever else answered my posts on social media, but they’re something I’m thinking about potentially selling to raise funds for a Philly Love Note website upgrade — a much much needed one. Any thoughts?

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South Philly, left; Northern Liberties, right

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Clark Park in West Philly

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Love Note #210: The struggle to love Philadelphia

This love note was originally published in the Philadelphia Daily News. It has been slightly edited to fit the Philly Love Notes blog.

Helen Ubinas
Favorite Spot: Art Museum steps
Neighborhood: Art Museum
Address: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130

I am: A columnist at the Daily News
Years in Philly: 2
Current neighborhood: Chestnut Hill

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Impose’s Philly Report

Editor’s Note: One of my many jobs at the waterfront is to book summer concerts featuring Philly bands. Now that spring has begun (sort of), I’m on a quest again for new music. Dayna Evans, from Impose Magazine put together an awesome list of Philly bands, including interviews with performers, music writers and others. She was kind enough to let me repost it here on Philly Love Notes.

After playing my first real show in Philly in 2010, embarrassed from a poor performance that got worse with each song, I decided to take a long hiatus from playing music. I knew that no one in my new home of New York would mourn my band’s end, so I let the whole thing go.

On subsequent visits to my hometown, I’d run into people asking me when we would play again, if we had any cassettes to sell, what kind of music I was writing, if I wanted to jam. At the time, I had posted only three songs to Myspace, and didn’t promote them anywhere. My response was always dismissive bemusement. “Oh, yeah, that? It’s over now. Kaput.” There was a bullying disapproval that came with these conversations, friends who were gently critical of my giving up on something I cared about, and these conversations were the currency of community, of which Philly’s is astonishingly strong.

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Love Note #209 Inspiration found on the Ben Franklin Parkway at Moore College

Amanda White
Favorite Spot: Moore College (more specifically the Youth Programs)
Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 1916 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

I am: A yoga loving program coordinator who is inspired by all things art related.
Years in Philly: Two blissful years spent at Moore College
Current Home: I consider myself to be an honorary Philadelphian! I commute from Jersey to lovely Philly every day!

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Love Note #208: An ex-pat’s fond memories of the Italian Market

Brandon Gollotti (ex-pat files)
Favorite Spot: Italian Market
Neighborhood: South Philly
Address: 9th St between Washington and Christian

I Am: Philly native stuck in Brooklyn
Years in Philly: 25
Current Home: Park Slope, Brooklyn

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#whyilovephilly 2014 Twitter Campaign Recap

Well that was fun…

By the numbers:

  • Approximately 4000 posts
  • 2000+ users
  • Almost 9 million impressions
  • Clearly people like the Mummers, beer, biking and food

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To see a continuous feed of all things #whyilovephilly on Twitter and Instagram, check out the official website at www.whyilovephilly.com or the stream below.


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Love Note #207 Love for an Avenue and the community around it

Rick Fitzgerald
Favorite Place: Where do I start? Today, the Singing Fountain.
Neighborhood: E. Passyunk
Address: Passyunk Ave and 11th St

I am: A UPenn administrator
Years in Philly: 5
Current Home: East Passyunk

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Love Note #206: Where it all started

Liz Spikol
Favorite Spot: Graffiti Pier
Neighborhood: Port Richmond

I am: A writer and editor
Years in Philly: Born and raised
Current Home: Cedar Park

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Love Note #205: The Mutter Museum as Philly’s go-to destination

James Cutler
Favorite Spot: Mutter Museum
Neighborhood: Logan Square
Address: 19 S 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

I am: A realtor doing my best to sell people on staying in Philly forever
Years in Philly: 23 (minus 4 years of college)
Current Home: Northern Liberties

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