Giving Back 2017

Oh this year. Time to buckle down and do what I can to give back. Like last year, I'll be donating all of the profits from the map sales to local nonprofits from Thanksgiving through Giving Tuesday. That means that your purchase of a map will help to support all of the following organizations: Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory, Marian Anderson Historical Society, SEAMAAC, Red Paw Relief and Students Run Philly Style (more about the nonprofits below). Last year we raised Read more

#whyilovephillyarts Launches

It's official, the first #whyilovephillyarts, featuring Sean Martorana, is now live! Check out the prints below and purchase one of the 30 limited edition prints online. This is the first collaboration that aims to build a body of Philly-specific art across a variety of mediums for people to purchase with 100% of the profits going to the artist (along with a full commissions and licensing Read more

Sean Martorana x Philly Love Notes

The best part about running Philly Love Notes and making maps is the opportunity to connect with, spotlight, and help build the Philly community (see Giving Back This Year -- news about 2017 soon, #whyilovephilly Twitter campaign, #whyilovephilly parties, Philly Love Letters). So... I'm very excited to announce the new project, #whyilovephillyarts, a series of collaborations aimed at showcasing the amazingly talented artists and makers we have here in the city.  The Concept - Commission a piece of art from a variety of painters, illustrators, graphic designers, Read more

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Love Note #281 The best trail in all of PA? Yes.

Shelli Gimelstein
Favorite Spot: The Schuylkill River Trail

I Am: A graduating Penn senior who is moving back to New York but has fallen in love with Philly
Years in Philly: 4
Current Home: University City

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Love Note #274: The love story of a river and a trail

Joe S.
Favorite Spot: Kelly Drive
Neighborhood: Art Museum

I am: a transplanted suburbanite
Years in Philly: 4
Current Home: Northern Liberties

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Love Note #258: A trail to help you fall back in love with Philly

Patrick Wittwer
Favorite Spot: Schuylkill River Trail
Neighborhood: Art Museum

I Am: A museum maven, Muppet fanatic, and frequent meanderer
Years in Philly: 11 (plus another 16 in the burbs)
Current Home: Brewerytown

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Love Note #238: The Art Museum steps bring out the tourist in a Philadelphian

Sunny Morgan
Favorite Spot: Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Neighborhood: Art Museum
Address: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130

I Am: High School senior with a passion for writing and other artsy things
Years in Philly: 17 (all my life)
Current Home: West Philly

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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 #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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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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Love Note #195: The one place Michael Haeflinger loves? Franklin Paine’s Skatepark

Michael Haeflinger
Favorite Spot: Paine’s Skatepark
Neighborhood: Art Museum

I Am: A Philadelphian living with my wife and skateboard.
Years in Philly: 1 (Plus 2 in Camden, NJ)
Current Home: Point Breeze

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Love Note #194 The river trail that convinced Ninon Matos to stay in Philly

Ninon Matos
Favorite Place: Schuylkill River Trail/Kelly Drive/Wissahickon Bike trail
Neighborhood: Art Museum

I Am: A Transplant from The Big Apple
Years in Philly: 4
Current Home: Graduate Hospital

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Love Note #191: Polly Math became a runner on the Schuylkill River Trail

Polly Math
Favorite Spot: Schuylkill River Trail
Neighborhood: Center City

I am: A Central Jersey transplant who is happy to call Philadelphia home. When I’m not out exploring the city, I can usually be found putting things together such as furniture, food, parties, and words. I am healthysapien. I am also ridiculous.
Years in Philly: Part time starting in 2003. Full time since 2007
Current Home: Grays Ferry

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