The Hidden Joys of Sorrentos Pizza

Dan Ueda Favorite Spot: Sorrentos Neighborhood: Olney Address: 1624 W Olney Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19141 I am: An engineer, turned activist, turned teacher, turned robotics education enthusiast who appreciates the mountains of Montana as much as Passyunk Ave. Years in Philly: 6 Current Home: West "The Best" Philly My Love Note The corner of Ogontz and Olney is famous for being the home of the second oldest public school in the country, a place I have called home for the past six years. But this love note Read more

Shining a little positivity on the Duck Boats

Rachel Buttner Favorite Place: Anywhere there's something interesting to see or do (though this love note is to Ride the Ducks) Address: Launch point -- Race Street and Columbus Blvd Neighborhood: Delaware River/Old City I Am: A writer and photographer for Daily Vacationer, a website devoted to discovering fantastic places and events in Greater Philadelphia. Wife, mother, pet owner, eternal tourist. Years in Philly: 8 years in the Philly area Current Home: Southern New Jersey My Love Note Although it's hard to believe with what I do now, Read more

Bell's Market in the Northeast is the heaven of pastries

Sarah Ricks Favorite Spot: Bell's Market Neighborhood: Northeast Address: 8330 Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19152 I am: A law professor and lifelong travel junkie, with a special love for exploring cities. Years in Philly: 24 Current Home: West Mt. Airy, Philadelphia. My Love Note At Bell’s Market in Northeast Philly, I delight in hearing customers speak Russian to each other, to the staff, and into their cell phones in a sibilant rapid flow of words. I am charmed by the staff’s assumption that I speak Russian. I smile helplessly Read more

Love Note #220: The Hidden Joys of Sorrentos Pizza

Dan Ueda
Favorite Spot: Sorrentos
Neighborhood: Olney
Address: 1624 W Olney Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19141

I am: An engineer, turned activist, turned teacher, turned robotics education enthusiast who appreciates the mountains of Montana as much as Passyunk Ave.
Years in Philly: 6
Current Home: West “The Best” Philly

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Love Note #219: Shining a little positivity on the Duck Boats

Rachel Buttner
Favorite Place: Anywhere there’s something interesting to see or do (though this love note is to Ride the Ducks)
Address: Launch point — Race Street and Columbus Blvd
Neighborhood: Delaware River/Old City

I Am: A writer and photographer for Daily Vacationer, a website devoted to discovering fantastic places and events in Greater Philadelphia. Wife, mother, pet owner, eternal tourist.
Years in Philly: 8 years in the Philly area
Current Home: Southern New Jersey

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Love Note #218: Bell’s Market in the Northeast is the heaven of pastries

Sarah Ricks
Favorite Spot: Bell’s Market
Neighborhood: Northeast
Address: 8330 Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19152

I am: A law professor and lifelong travel junkie, with a special love for exploring cities.
Years in Philly: 24
Current Home: West Mt. Airy, Philadelphia.

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#whyilovephilly Summer Party Recap

After a much needed post-party and post-Spruce Street Harbor Park opening vacation, I’ve returned to the land of Philly Love Notes. First, I wanted to thank everyone who came out to the #whyilovephilly Summer Party and second I promise to begin posting love notes again (starting tomorrow). I’ve slacked, but I have a ton ready to go thanks to the Philly Papercut Contest (congrats again Leigh and Aaron!).

And now for a recap of the #whyilovephilly Summer Party (Summer Jam/Spruce Street Harbor Park Preview/etc) hosted by Philly Love Notes, the Delaware River Waterfront Corp and Drink Philly:

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All photos by Matt Stanley

In total, we raised $11,000 in ticket sales and sponsorship and sold out 900 tickets almost two weeks before the party. That money was all donated to the Delaware River Waterfront Corp (yes, it’s a non-profit even though it seems like a city agency) to continue doing free programming like creating Spruce Street Harbor Park and — shameless plug – FREE concerts like the Purling Hiss/Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band show at SSHP this Thursday from 7:30-10PM. Read more

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#whyilovephilly Party UPDATE

Fear not attendees, it looks like the rain will blow over in time for the party to happen tomorrow. If for some reason mother nature tries to screw with us, we’ll make a last minute rain call, pushing it back to July 3, because really, no one wants to watch concerts or drink for 4 hours in the rain.

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For more about Spruce Street Harbor Park, click on the image above

Some notes for the party:

1. Bring cash. Your first drink is on us, but after that, two out of three bars will only be accepting cash. There are a couple ATMs on the premise just in case you find yourself short on dollars. Drinks for the night will include: Yards Brawler, Yards Philly Pale Ale, Yards Saison, Victory Summer Love, PBC Walt Wit, Neshaminy Creek Trauger Pilsner, House-made sangria, and a Root + Rye cocktail made from Bulleit Rye, Root from Art in the Age, Orange bitters, and fresh orange. 

2. Bring cash. There will be a bunch of vendors at the party selling their amazing Philly wares, and we’re hoping you’ll support them. They include Duke & WinstonUS*U.S.Art Star, Dear Adelaide DesignPhiladelphia IndependentsHog Island Press and Eyes Habit, and Wear Liberty.

3. Enter the Instagram Contest. Rachel Hara and I will be choosing four winners today to receive two tickets, and an amazing Philly swag bag filled with gifts from our vendors PLUS Pilot and Captain, Quirk Books, and Girls Can Tell. To win, tag your old and new Philly photos with #whyilovephilly_SSHP and add in a short line about why you love the city.

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4. Come hungry. We’ll be sampling the #whyilovephilly Little Baby’s ice cream called Strawberry Mansion Shortcake. In addition, our concessionaire will be selling all types of boardwalk snacks, and the Garces Group will be soft launching the Blue Anchor, the pop-up restaurant on the floating barges with a menu TBA.

5. Be prepared to be filmed, so look nice (or not, just be ready to have your photos taken). Poseybooth, Skout Media, P’unk Ave, and our very talented photographer Matt Stanley have very generously donated their services to provide you with tons of photos and videos.

6. Listen to some amazing music. XPN welcomes the release of Ron Gallo’s solo album, “Ronny,” with sets by The Lawsuits and Up the Chain. Check ‘em out before the show and support Philly’s local music scene. 

7. Take public transit, bike, or walk. If you need to drive, we have paid parking lots at Walnut and Lombard Streets at Columbus Blvd, and there is some street parking in the area.

8. Get ready to have your mind blown. It has been an honor to work on Spruce Street Harbor Park with a team of incredibly talented artists, craftsmen, site operations, and hell, even our security. The park would not exist without them, and for that, I am and you should be eternally grateful. The site is fantastically beautiful, better than I think any of us could have expected. When I saw it last night with all the lights on, I nearly cried. So welcome to your new summer home.

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9. Thank our sponsors. We’d like to give an enormous thanks to our sponsors. A bunch of them will be on-site for the party, and we couldn’t have done it without them. Please be sure to visit them, say hi, and learn about what they’re doing to make our fair city even better.

Media Partners: WXPNPhiladelphia Magazine

Lead Sponsors: Bluecadet and Visit PhiladelphiaYards Brewing Company

Sponsors: FringeArtsGreen Mountain Energy CompanyUnited by BlueTicketLeapEnterprise Car ShareSixers CaveSEER InteractiveYoung Involved Philadelphia, I-SiteThink Brownstone, NextFabP’unk AveHooleyWash Cycle LaundryLittle Baby’s Ice CreamPHL Made, and Philly Bike Tour Co.

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Love Note #217 Everything one could desire at the Schuylkill Banks

Nanci George
Favorite Spot: Schuylkill Banks (behind the Art Museum)
Neighborhood: Art Museum

I Am: A nurse and yoga teacher who loves Philly’s fountains, sculptures, and murals. For more of Nanci’s writing, see Benches Where Angels Sit
Years in Philly: 10
Current Home: Wynnefield Heights, West Philly

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The next #whyilovephilly ice cream flavor!

Introducing the next #whyilovephilly flavor ice cream from Little Baby’s!

Each year Martin and I make a new flavor for the #whyilovephilly party (tickets HERE). Last year it was Philly soft pretzel ice cream with a soft pretzel swirl, Butterscotch Krimpets and topped with Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews.

This year we’ve done a Philly-themed strawberry shortcake, and as always, there will be free samples at the party.

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Poundcake (vanilla and chocolate) from Stock’s Bakery in Kensington
Strawberries from Greensgrow Farm
Mint from Little Baby’s garden
(oh yeah, and a dash of freeze dried strawberries for fun)

We’re still looking for a good name. Anyone got suggestions?

Side note: I have to give some credit to Joey Sweeney for thinking of Stock’s. It was a brilliant and delicious idea.  Read more

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Love Note #216: Are we all a little too hard on Manayunk?

Tara Lane
Favorite Spot: Manayunk (specifically, along the SRT where the canal meets the Schuylkill)
Neighborhood: Manayunk

I am: a transplant from Upstate New York, a runner, always listening to music, a fan of any kind of dance party, and completely enamored with Philadelphia.
Years in Philly: 4
Current Home: Manayunk

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DONE!

Finally finished the Philly papercut this past weekend. Check out the progress below and the contest to win it. And don’t forget to get tickets for the summer #whyilovephilly Party!

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Love Note #215: Tis the season for biking in Philly

Josh and Philly Bike Tour Co. are joining the #whyilovephilly Summer Party team, and have created a special bike tour just for the occasion. This 2.5 mile, one-hour BYOB(bike) tour highlights over 300 years of Philly’s history and culture, starting in Rittenhouse Square Park and ending at Spruce Street Harbor Park, just in time for the #whyilovephilly party! For full details, and to sign up, visit the Philly Bike Tour Co. website.

Josh Rothstein
Favorite Spot: Biking in Philly
Neighborhood: All over

I am: A teacher. A cyclist. A tour guide for Philly Bike Tours. A lover of all things Philly. A soon-to-be husband (now husband). A dog owner.
Years in Philly: 29 years in and around Philly; 12 years proper.
Current Home: Fairmount

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