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

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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