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

Fairmount

Love Note #: 236 A house is not a home unless you live on Judson Street

Rachel Isenberg
Favorite Spot: Judson Street between Aspen and Brown
Neighborhood: Fairmount

I Am: A neighbor, friend, tennis coach, mentor, language instructor, life adventurer. No order – all in one 🙂
Years in Philly: 6
Current neighborhood: Fairmount

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Love Note #230: The Divine Lorraine is the Grand Dame of Philly

Laura Warnecke
Favorite Spot: Divine Lorraine
Neighborhood: North Philly
Address: 699 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

I Am: A lover of Philadelphia’s rich history
Years in Philly: 17
Current Home: South Philly (LoMo)

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Love Note #214: One block, two homes

Molly Fischman
Favorite Spot: The 2100 Block of Mt. Vernon Street
Neighborhood: Fairmount
Address: 21st and Mt. Vernon

I Am: A nanny, wanderer, and future grad student/ speech pathologist
Years in Philly: ~21
Current Home: Fairmount

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Love Your Park Week: From the Archives with Stephen Zook (Lemon Hill)

Editors Note: This week Philly Love Notes is teaming up with the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation in honor of Love Your Park Day, being held this Saturday, November 17th. We’ll be posting some of our favorite Fairmount Park Love Notes all week in celebration, and remember, if you’ve got some kind words to say about your favorite park, please send them along to phillylovenotes@gmail.com

Stephen Zook
Favorite Spot: Lemon Hill
Neighborhood: Fairmount / Fairmount Park
Address: Lemon Hill Drive

I am: A twenty-something transplant who lives and works in Philly.
Years in Philly: 6
Current Home: Fairmount

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Love Note #39: Quizmaster Johnny Goodtimes’ favorite spot? The Divine Lorraine, a place in need of much love

Johnny Goodtimes
Favorite Spot: The Divine Lorraine.
Neighborhood: Ave of the Arts North
Address: 699 North Broad

I am: Quizmaster, writer, and Philly’s foremost man of leisure. 
Years in Philly: I’ve been here just over 10 years.
Current Home: I live in the G-Ho area


My love note: My pick is hardly unique, but there is something about the Divine Lorraine that just draws me to it. Anytime I am ever north of City Hall, I make it a point to drive by the Divine Lorraine. There is no building in Philadelphia that I enjoy looking at more. Yeah, I’d like to see it refurbished, but I also really love the way it looks now. It’s such a spectacular building that the graffiti and boarded up windows don’t make it look trashy. They just give it more character, just add another chapter to the building’s enigmatic life instead of signaling ruin. Its history is so fascinating too. Divine Lorraine architect Willis G. Hale was the toast of the town in the 1880s, but by his death in 1907 he was discredited and financially destroyed. The building itself underwent an remarkable transformation from a luxury hotel to the first racially integrated hotel in the city run by one of the most eccentric men to ever call Philly home, the Reverend Major Jealous Divine. I don’t believe in ghosts, but I believe that places give off the energy of their history, and the Lorraine all but glows with it. Furthermore, I love how she is so imposing when you come up on her from Fairmount, just looms over you like Castle Greyskull. I’ll be honest, just writing about it makes me want to drive up North Broad this afternoon.

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Love Note #35: Stephen Zook may have found one of the best views of the city at Lemon Hill in Fairmount Park

Stephen Zook
Favorite Spot: Lemon Hill
Neighborhood: Fairmount / Fairmount Park
Address: Lemon Hill Drive

I am: A twenty-something transplant who lives and works in Philly.
Years in Philly: 6
Current Home: Fairmount

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My love note: You’re ambling down Kelly Drive. You hit the boat houses, and decide to cut off into Fairmount Park. Old, twisting steps peek out from the brush and trees. Winding and turning, they carry you up to a dirt footpath worn into the grass. You turn around, and over the treetops is the Schuylkill, the Art Museum, and the Philly skyline. Behind you is Lemon Hill Mansion, once home to one of the premier public gardens in the world. This spot is quiet and calm, allowing you to hide from Philadelphia’s gaze while peering out at it.

Philly is filled with spots like this, whether they are grandiose and world-renowned (Art Museum steps, I’m looking at you) or way-stations that let you take in a great view before diving back into the city’s tunnels (Spring Garden El stop, next up). If you want to see a familiar sight from an unfamiliar perspective, try standing at the top of the Art Museum steps at night, when it’s raining or snowing. During a night rainstorm, Center City’s lights cast a glow unto the clouds, creating a skyline that is both eerie and serene at the same time. Nighttime during snowfall creates some visibility problems, but Philly has never looked so majestic.

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Love Note #13: Mugshots

Chaucee Stillman (aka: streetsandstripes.com)
Favorite Spot: Mugshots
Neighborhood: Fairmount
Address: 2106 Fairmount Ave 

I am: A recent university grad spending my time nannying two wonderful boys and photographing couples in love on the weekends (aka, weddings!) I’m a blogger by day, photographer by trade, and I love to travel.

Years in Philly: 4.5 years

Current Home:  Fairmount

My love note: Mugshots, you’re a doll. Your chai lattes (either iced or hot) are the perfect afternoon pickmeup. Hours of editing photos have been spent in your booths, and your bagels are too delicious to part with. Your afternoons may be a bit packed with little hipsters, but we can work around that. Cheers to good conversations, morning mochas, and neighborhood charm.

(Photos taken by Chaucee)

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