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

Fishtown / Kensington

Love Note #287: Another Texan dreaming of Philly

Barry Laskowski
Favorite Spot: Old City and Fishtown

I Am: A student from the NJ side
Years in Philly: lifer
Current Home: El Paso, TX

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Love Note #280: Beer and pretzels as big as your head

Michaele-Lynne Jacot
Favorite Spot: Frankford Hall
Neighborhood: Fishtown
Address: 1210 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

I Am: Living in Rochester, but missing my favorite City!
Years in Philly: 3
Current Home: Rochester, NY

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Love Note #272: Dear Philly, will you be mine?

Kristin Dudley
Favorite Spot: Though not the subject of this note, Amrita Yoga and the Race Street Pier
Neighborhood: Fishtown for Amrita, the Delaware River Waterfront for the Race Street Pier
Address: 1204 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125 and Race St. and Columbus Blvd.

I Am: The Talent Marketing Manager at Comcast with a background in design and entrepreneurship.
Years in Philly: 12 in city, 18 in burbs
Current Home: Graduate Hospital

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Love Note #249: The rabbit hole I love to call El Camino

Melissa Alam
Favorite Spot: El Camino Real
Neighborhood: Fishtown
Address: 1040 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

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Love Note #206: Where it all started

Liz Spikol
Favorite Spot: Graffiti Pier
Neighborhood: Port Richmond

I am: A writer and editor
Years in Philly: Born and raised
Current Home: Cedar Park

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Love Note #175: Darla Jackson loves Greensgrow, a little farm in a big city

Darla Jackson
Favorite Spot: Greensgrow Farm
Neighborhood: Kensington
Address: 2501 E. Cumberland St. Phila, PA 19125

I am: a sculptor/Owner of the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym
Years in Philly: 9 years
Current Home: Fishtown

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Love Note #140: Suzy Woods, aka Beer Lass, raises her pint glass at Standard Tap and Johnny Brendas

Suzy Woods

Favorite Spot: The Bars of William Reed and Paul Kimport (Standard Tap and Johnny Brendas)
Neighborhood: Northern Liberties/Fishtown
Address: 901 N. 2nd St. (ST) 1201 Frankford Ave (JB)

I am: Mid-Atlantic Market Manager for Allagash Brewing Co., founder of In Pursuit of Ale, a lady-centric beer club established in 2006 and the lass behind the beer blog, beerlass.com.
Years in Philly: 11 years
Current Home: Italian Market/Bella Vista
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Love Note #139: Jill Betters takes a bike ride up Belgrade

Jill Betters
Favorite Spot: Biking up Belgrade Street
Neighborhood: Fishtown

I am: An adopted Philadelphian in love with the Riverwards. After two years spent primarily making nonsense in Fishtown Neighbors Association, I’m drinking a beer trying to figure out what to do next.
Years in Philly: About 10 in Philly and the burbs
Current Home: Fishtown

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(Please note that the photos don’t accurately reflect the love letter. More will be taken in the summer, and the piece will be re-posted)

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Love Note #138: Nikki Volpicelli, on meeting her future ex-husband at the El Bar

Nikki Volpicelli
Favorite Spot: The El Bar – KFN block
Neighborhood: Fishtown, USA
Address: 1356 North Front Street,

I am: Nikki Volpicelli, Editor of the Philly Music Showcase, freelance music writer, night timer
Years in Philly: 6+
Current Home: Fishtown

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From the Archives: Love Your Park Week with Sandy Salzman (Penn Treaty Park)

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

Sandy Salzman
Favorite Spot: Penn Treaty Park
Neighborhood: Delaware Riverfront
Address: Delaware and Columbia Avenues

I am: Lifelong resident and Executive Director for New Kensington Community Development Corporation.
Years in Philly: My whole life!
Current Home: Fishtown

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