Giving back this year

[UPDATE: We raised $4725 dollars!!] Now more than ever, I feel a need to give back to my community, so I'll be donating ALL of the profits from map sales from now (4:39PM on November 23) through 11:59PM, November 29. It's an opportunity to buy a holiday gift and give back to some great Philadelphia non-profits (see the Philly Love Notes Etsy shop for more details). Your purchase of a custom Philly map will be a donation to the following organizations: Sunday Breakfast Read more

With all my love

Emma Fried-Cassorla Favorite Spot: Anywhere along the Delaware River Waterfront (but I'm biased) I Am: A Philly lover and resident, Montana lover and former resident, twin, Philly Love Notes, Communications Manager for the Delaware River Waterfront, hiker, climber, traveler, papercutter, iPhone addict, handwritten note taker, Crohn’s patient, scientist, lover of the Race Street Pier and slippers and family Years in Philly: Off and on for 33 (I was 30 when I started!) Current home: A studio loft in Callowhill with my lovely boyfriend Read more

And so we conclude

Cynthia Schmitt A photo posted by Philly Love Notes (@phillylovenotes) on May 20, 2015 at 7:05pm PDT My Love Note Can anyone remember that first moment they fell in love? How does one encompass the complexities of living in a city that's caught between New York and Washington DC? Even Benjamin Franklin, a hero of this city, spent most of his time in Europe. He did choose to die here, so I always thought that must have meant something. Edgar Read more

Center City

Love Note #149 A love story that began—as many great ones have—in secret (by Natanya DiBona)

Natanya DiBona
Favorite Spot: Logan Circle
Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 19th St. and Ben Franklin Parkway

I am: The daughter of parents who both grew up in South Philadelphia in a time when, as my mom said, you knew you would marry someone within a six block radius. I was raised in the suburbs, but valued my trips with my grandparents to the Italian Market and to Penn’s Landing to watch fireworks. We frequently visited Philadelphia on trips to the Art Museum, the Academy of Music and Saturday morning classes at The Franklin Institute. I guess with this childhood, my love note really comes as no great surprise.
Current Home: I live in Chadds Ford and work in Philadelphia.

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(B. Krist for GPTMC)

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Philly Love Note writer (and fellow blogger): Dana Marston

It turns out that blogging can get you places.

I don’t mean necessarily turning your blog into a full time job, but more so using it to leverage skills to meet new people and market yourself. Though it wasn’t my intention (in either case), I’ve found both a job and a boyfriend through this site.

My friend, and love note writer, Dana turned her lifestyle and design blog into an actual brick and morter store and styling business called Circa Dee. I got a chance to check out her work at the Philadelphia Home Show, where she helped transform a section of the convention center into a room consisting of all vintage and repurposed decor. I’m normally a mid-century, Mad Men-era furniture person (who am I really kidding though, my room is entirely Ikea), but seeing what she could do with some pallets, blueprints, and drop clothes may change my whole perspective on decorating.

If you’re interested in shopping local, buying vintage, upcycling, or doing DIY projects, check out her website, or follow her on Twitter or Facebook. Below are some of the beautiful things that she pulled together for the show. Read more

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Campus Philly Love Notes: To the Schuylkill River Trail

Editor’s note: The interns of Campus Philly share their most loved Philly spots and experiences as students in the City of Brotherly Love.

Rebecca Hannaford, Arcadia University
Favorite Spot: Schuylkill River Trail

I am: A full time student at Arcadia University, and full time dog lover.
Years In Philly: 2 and a half.
Current Home: Split between Glenside, PA and Newark, DE.
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(Photo by Rebecca Hannaford)
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Love Note #126: Heather Calvert’s love note to Macy’s Christmas Pageant of Lights

Heather Calvert
Favorite Spot: Macy’s Christmas Pageant of Lights
Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 1300 Market or Chestnut Streets

I am: Associate director of the Botswana-UPenn Partnership. I grew up in Europe but moved to Philly after college and never left and never will.
Current Home, Cedar Park, West Philly
Years in Philly: 21
 
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(photo by Heather)
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Love Note #125: If you’re looking for Elliott Sharp, chances are you can find him at the The Wanamaker Building

Elliott Sharp
Favorite Spot: Macy’s / The Wanamaker Building
Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 1300 Market Street

I am: A freelance music journalist.
Years in Philly: I ran from Virginia, to Massachusetts, to South Carolina, and then stopped in Philadelphia three years ago.
Current Home: West Philadelphia

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Love Note #124: Let’s celebrate the nation’s oldest diamond district (Richie Goldberg)

Richie Goldberg
Favorite Spot: Jewelers’ Row
Neighborhood: Diamond District

I am: Richie Goldberg, Third Generation Jeweler and President of Safian & Rudolph Jewelers
Years in Philly: Born and Raised
Current Home: Society Hill

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Love Note #123: A note to the beautiful art deco Post Office building by Leah Kauffman

Leah Kauffman
Favorite Spot: US Post Office Building
Neighborhood: Market East
Address: William Penn Annex, 900 Market Street

I am: Executive Entertainment & Lifestyle Producer at Philly.com.
Years in Philly: 8 wonderful years.
Current Home: Old City

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The #whyilovephilly Party. What you said…

At the #whyilovephilly party, I asked people to write postcard to their favorite spots. I had been trying to make the blog tangible, and took inspiration from the site, The World Needs More Love Letters. People took the assignment in all different directions.

There were love notes to neighborhoods,

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The #whyilovephilly Party (Blowout)

Oh man.

I threw my first real party on Friday night.

I’ve been trying to remember the last time I had a party. No birthday parties, maybe a dinner party here and there, perhaps one in college, but nothing for a long, long time. And nothing quite like that.

I teamed up with Alex Hillman from IndyHall and Young Involved Philly to bring a bunch of Philly-centric people together to celebrate the City. I was nervous, and gave myself way too much work, but it was totally worth it.

The #whyilovephilly Party happened on November 30th, 2012

at the Trestle Inn (make the trek to the Callowhill neighborhood, it’s worth it).

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Walking the Reading Viaduct

The Viaduct

One of the city’s gems is an abandoned railroad line, historically part of the Philadelphia and Reading Railroads’ 9th Street and City Branches. My friend Brian Lim and I got a tour this weekend with Viaduct Greene, an organization advocating for the creation of a linear green space along these branches. I had been to the elevated, Reading branch, but had not yet had the opportunity to wander through the tunnels and corridors that make up the City Branch. Going here without a SEPTA guide (like we had) is, I think, technically trespassing. However, I have never experienced anything like it in the city, and I strongly encourage everyone to check in with Viaduct Greene to see their plans, and hopefully get in on the next tour.

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