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

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Love Note #298: Port Royal Road, Chamonix Drive, Kitchen’s Lane, River Road, George’s Hill Drive, and more

Bella Hondros
Favorite Spot: Andorra’s Port Royal Road
Neighborhood: Andorra

I Am: A student who likes back roads
Years in Philly: 14
Current Home: Andorra

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Love Note #293: You’ve probably never heard of Wissinoming Park…

Shannon MacDonald
Favorite Spot: Wissinoming Park
Neighborhood: Northeast

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Love Note #218: Bell’s Market in the Northeast is the heaven of pastries

Sarah Ricks
Favorite Spot: Bell’s Market
Neighborhood: Northeast
Address: 8330 Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19152

I am: A law professor and lifelong travel junkie, with a special love for exploring cities.
Years in Philly: 24
Current Home: West Mt. Airy, Philadelphia.

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The Origin Story of Pete’s Clown House

Last March, I published a love note from George Matysik and Doug Moak to Pete’s Clown House in the Frankford/Juniata section of Philly (I’m not choosing one, as tensions about neighborhood boundaries run way too high up there). Though George and Doug couldn’t make it that day, I asked around on Twitter and managed to round up three friends for a breakfast feast. And I do mean feast. We had four He-Man platters, which basically means we had everything, all for about six bucks each. To this day, Pete’s Clown House remains one of those gems that I take friends to who’ve had it with the lines at Sabrina’s or Honey’s.

To my surprise, after publishing the note, I got some emails from some of the descendants of the owners. As far as I can piece together, Sam McKay opened up a restaurant there called Chatterbox in the 50s. He and his family lived above the store (as people continue to do today). In the 60s, the store changed hands to Pete, his wife Helen, and their 3 daughters. Pete’s loyal customers knew his love for clowns, and gave him pictures to decorate with. Today, a neon clown sign hangs in the main dining area. Ronnie (a long time  employee) took ownership of the restaurant after Pete, and the legacy lives on at 3878 Frankford Avenue. Read more

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Love Note #188 George Reutter loves the Ryerss Museum overlooking the city and beyond

George Reutter
Favorite Place: Ryerss Museum and Library
Neighborhood: Fox Chase
Address: 7370 Central Ave Philadelphia, PA 19111

I am: A Poet in Fox Chase
Years in Philly: 23 years in Wissinoming, Tacony and currently in Fox Chase.
Current Home: Fox Chase

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Love Note #186: Lauren Quitmeyer’s love note to what once was the R7 line

Lauren Quitmeyer
Favorite Place: Lots of them – Linden Avenue Hatcheries, The Love Letter Project, Independence Mall, Ben Franklin Bridge, Open House, Central High School, ArtStar Craft Bazaar, Please Touch Museum, but I’ll be writing about the Trenton Regional Rail
Neighborhood: Northeast

I am: A legal assistant in Center City
Years in Philly: My whole life (30.5 years). My husband and I swore we’d only have a 191 zip code.
Current Home: Walton Park, by way of Olney and Frankford

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A Gastronomic Love Notes Tour of the Riverwards and the Great Northeast

The Great Northeast and the Riverwards are a huge section of the city full of distinct neighborhoods, great food, and expanses of parks.

1. Pre-breakfast in the Port Richmond Polish District (submitted by Jonathan Levin)

Start your day off right with donuts, specifically, plum jelly-filled Paczki from Krakus Market, a Polish market in Port Richmond which also contains within its walls the delicious Staropolska restaurant.

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Love Note #157: A joint love letter by Doug Moak and George Matysik to Pete’s Clown House

George Matysik and Doug Moak
Favorite Spot: Pete’s Clown House
Neighborhood: Frankford/Juniata
Address: 3878 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19124

George Matysik:
I am: A scrapple enthusiast born and raised in the Lower Northeast. Part of the Daily News People’s Editorial Board
Years in Philly: All of them!
Current Home: East Falls

Doug Moak:
I am: An accumulator of used books
Years in Philly: 11
Current Home: Graduate Hospital

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Love Note #119: Working in Frankford has helped Michelle Feldman love her city

Michelle Feldman
Favorite Spot: Frankford, it’s institutions and its commercial corridor
Neighborhood: Frankford

I Am: Commercial Corridor Manager, Frankford CDC
Years In Philly: Almost My Whole Life
Current Home: Fairmount

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Love Note #108: Brian Shumsky loves the great Northeast

Brian Shumsky
Favorite Spot: Northeast Philly

I am: Jewish (non-practicing), biker and member of the Bicycle Club of Philadelphia, Phillies fan, active member of the Northeast community. I hope my love letter will inspire everyone in Philadelphia and outside Philly to have a much appreciation of our city’s culture & history like myself.
Years in Philly: I am a born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia (25 years)
Current Home: Fox Chase

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(all photos via NEast Philly, Ryerss Museum above, photo by G.E. Reutter)

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