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

Graduate Hospital

Love Note #76: Need to feel good about Philly? Go to Anderson Yards in Grad Hospital and watch the Monarchs play baseball (Tim Whitaker)

Tim Whitaker
Favorite Spot: Anderson Yards, home baseball field for the Anderson Monarchs, a youth baseball program that operates under the auspices of the Marian Anderson Recreation Center
Neighborhood: Graduate Hospital
Address: 18th and Fitzwater

I am: Writer and editor. Executive director of Mighty Writers, a program that teaches city kids ages seven to 17 how to write.

Years in Philly: 25
Current home: Wynnewood

My love note: My favorite summertime thing to do after leaving Mighty Writers in the early evening is to stop by Anderson Yards, located just a few blocks away at 18th and Fitzwater. Anderson Yards is a classic baseball diamond, a gem in the city, beautifully cared for and manicured by the Anderson Monarchs’ program director and team manager Steve Bandura. The Monarchs play “team baseball,” which means they’re big on fundamentals and good sportsmanship. Bandura teaches his young players the legacy of Jackie Robinson and the Negro Leagues, believing you can’t chart your future without knowing your past. Best of all is the community that’s been built around baseball at Anderson Yards. Parents and neighbors come to the games, follow play closely and support the team with frequent trips to the refreshment stand to get water ice. Anderson Yards is where I go whenever I’ve misplaced my good vibe.

(Photos from Monarch’s FB page)

(Tim Whitaker with Nafeesah Cannady, a Mighty Writers high schooler, photo from Tim)

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Love Note #56: Need a beautiful park in the city? Michelle Cassidy and Cathy Nino both love Fitler Square

Michelle Cassidy
Favorite Spot: Fitler Square Park
Neighborhood: Fitler Square
Address: 23rd and Pine

I am: Community manager for Yelp.com and lover of all things Philadelphia, from sandwiches to sports
Years in Philly: 1.5 as a Philly resident, but a native of the Philly region
Current Home: Graduate Hospital


Cathy Nino
Favorite Spot: Fitler Square

I am: I have worked for the Court of Common Pleas in the City of Philadelphia for 22 years and the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union for 13 years as a Human Resource Manager.

Years in Philly: 33
Current Neighborhood: Fitler Square

Michelle’s love note: Located in the shadow of that other popular Square, Fitler Square does not see scores of lunchtime breakers, retirees, moms with strollers, teenagers and tourists. It’s a quiet, peaceful park, where there’s always a free bench and plenty of grass to spread your picnic blanket. The park charms with brick walkways and a canopy of leaves from the large trees. There is something really special about Fitler Square; I feel content and reflective on every visit. It doesn’t receive anywhere close to the amount of visitors it deserves. Selfishly, that’s just the way I like it.

Cathy’s love note: Anytime of the year this neighborhood gem is available to everyone looking for a quiet respite, friendly meeting place, or a safe park for your child to play. There are seasonal events such as an Easter egg hunt, Halloween pumpkin hunt and a visit from Santa with holiday songs sung around the beautifully decorated Fitler fountain. There is a Fair every May held by the Fitler Square Improvement Association to raise funds for the care of this very special park in Center City Philadelphia.

(Michelle)
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