Lou Perseghin on the unadultered joys of biking the 5th Street tunnel

Lou Perseghin Favorite Spot: 5th Street bike tunnel Neighborhood: Old City Address: 5th Street between Arch and Race I Am: Into ads, dogs, cycling and my ladyfriend Gwen Years in Philly: 9 (nonconsecutive- I moved back in '10) Current Home: Point Breeze My Love Note The 5th street tunnel. I wait, straddling the crossbar on my single-speed as traffic streams North under 676 from Old City. It's a long, straight drop from the steps of the US Mint from Race to Callowhill, and the bike lane is filled Read more

Kat Zagaria's oasis in the trees

Kat Zagaria Favorite Spot: The Pavilion in the Trees by Martin Puryear Neighborhood: Fairmount Park Address: It's hard to find, but it's close to the Japanese Tea House I Am: A museum professional from Fairmount who loves animals and Philadelphia Years in Philly: 3 Current Home: Fairmount My Love Note Dear Pavilion in the Trees, I remember the day we met. It was completely by accident. After a nice bike ride to the Japanese House, my boyfriend and I found ourselves wandering around the Horticultural society. Being a Read more

Stay Wild Washington Avenue Green

Noelle Egan Favorite Spot: Washington Avenue Green Neighborhood: Delaware River Waterfront/Pennsport Address: Washington Ave and Columbus Blvd. I Am: A librarian who loves to take advantage of all the culture and nature that Philly offers. Years in Philly: 15 Current Home: Queen Village My Love Note Washington Ave Green, I love you. You're scrappy and a sweet experiment in park-making in the city. I love that, on any given day, I can run or bike down the street and be behind the city, in a place that feels Read more

Love Note #229: Lou Perseghin on the unadultered joys of biking the 5th Street tunnel

Lou Perseghin
Favorite Spot: 5th Street bike tunnel
Neighborhood: Old City
Address: 5th Street between Arch and Race

I Am: Into ads, dogs, cycling and my ladyfriend Gwen
Years in Philly: 9 (nonconsecutive- I moved back in ’10)
Current Home: Point Breeze

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Love Note #228: Kat Zagaria’s oasis in the trees

Kat Zagaria
Favorite Spot: The Pavilion in the Trees by Martin Puryear
Neighborhood: Fairmount Park
Address: It’s hard to find, but it’s close to the Japanese Tea House

I Am: A museum professional from Fairmount who loves animals and Philadelphia
Years in Philly: 3
Current Home: Fairmount

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Love Note #227: Stay Wild Washington Avenue Green

Noelle Egan
Favorite Spot: Washington Avenue Green
Neighborhood: Delaware River Waterfront/Pennsport
Address: Washington Ave and Columbus Blvd.

I Am: A librarian who loves to take advantage of all the culture and nature that Philly offers.
Years in Philly: 15
Current Home: Queen Village

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Love Note #226: The 1:24AM love note to Philadelphia

Christian Monroe
Favorite Spot: Philadelphia, from the Divine Lorraine to Pennsport

I Am: Chris Monroe
Years in Philly: 4
Current Home (neighborhood): Passyunk Square, South Philly.

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Love Note #225: Sometimes a bakery is what makes a home

Avi
Favorite Spot: Bredenbeck’s Bakery
Neighborhood: Chestnut Hill
Address: 8126 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118

I Am: A mom, fiancee, government employee and baker
Years in Philly: 26
Current Home: Mt Airy

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Papercuts for sale

I’ve decided to start selling papercuts to help fund a redesign of Philly Love Notes. The website needs to be more functional as a Philly resource, and to put it bluntly, it needs to look nicer. I don’t feel comfortable putting advertisements or sponsored posts on the blog, and I’m still not completely sold on Kickstarter. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, Twitter or the blog, you’ve seen the evolution of my papercuts, which I’ve decided to start selling.

Below are some examples of custom pieces. They are all hand cut, and therefore take many hours each (and have been priced accordingly). The maps and home portraits are completely customizable in relation to size, paper color, and location, but don’t come framed. I’ll be taking limited commissions at a time, so if you’re interested, send me an email at phillylovenotes@gmail.com.

I’m also working with NextFab to learn how to lasercut. Once I’ve gotten a hang of that, I’ll be making copies of the large Philly map made earlier this summer and some more detailed neighborhood maps. Having access to all the machines brings up tons of possibilities for Philly-centric things to make, so if you have suggestions of what you’d like to see, please let me know.

CUSTOM PAPERCUT MAPS

5×7
8×10

(please email about pricing)

Final map 2Final Map 1Final map 4

CUSTOM HOME PORTRAITS

STARTING AT $125

Final home portrait 1Final home portrait 2Final home portrait 3

 

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Philly Love Note #224: Philly, a Little Misunderstood

Joe S.
Favorite Spot: Kelly Drive and Rittenhouse

I Am: A reverse commuter
Current Home: NoLibs

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Love Note #223: What is love?

Melissa Geary (ex-pat files)
Favorite Spot: Kelly Drive
Neighborhood: Art Museum
Address: It’s its own address

I Am: A medical student
Years in Philly: Two
Current Home: Daytona Beach, Florida

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Love Note #222: A beautiful house in Germantown fit for an amazing non-profit

Rachel Wilson
Favorite Spot: BuildaBridge
Neighborhood: Germantown
Address: 205 W Tulpehocken St, Philadelphia, PA 19144

I Am: Writer/Blogger
Years in Philly: 3
Current Home: Northeast near Bustleton

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The classic Philly tradition: the Jersey shore

It feels like most people who were born in Philly and the suburbs spent at least a day each summer at the Jersey shore. There are the outliers who made their way down to the beaches of Delaware or Maryland, but it seems like Jersey was the primary destination. And they weren’t just trips to a random beach. Most people have “their” beach. Ours was Ocean City — a week in one of the small motels, days at the beach or Gillian’s Water Park (which I only just recently discovered was not Gilligan’s as I had been pronouncing all these years), and nights walking along the boardwalk eating Johnson’s popcorn and going on the Tilt-A-Whirl at Wonderland Pier.

As I’ve gotten older, the family beach vacations have become more infrequent and we’ve broadened our horizons. My Philly tradition may have changed slightly, but a summer would not be complete without the beach. What’s your tradition? What’s your beach?

Memorial Day Weekend Trip to Wildwood, NJ

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