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

Rittenhouse Square

Campus Philly Love Notes: The Ice Cream of Dreams

Editor’s note: The interns of Campus Philly share their most loved Philly spots and experiences as students in the City of Brotherly Love.

Cindy Stansbury, Temple University
Favorite Spot: Scoop DeVille
Address: 1734 Chestnut St Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Editors Note: Scoop DeVille has left this location and will be moving to a new one)
Neighborhood: Rittenhouse

I am: A full time ice cream connoisseur
Years in Philly: Going on two in August
Current Home: North Philadelphia and South Jersey

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Love Note #156: Kevin McKenzie’s Philadelphia Homecoming

Kevin McKenzie (ex-pat files)
Favorite Spot: Rittenhouse Square Park
Neighborhood: Rittenhouse Square
Address: Between 18th & 20th Streets

I am: Creator of Amusing My Bouche. Sales Consultant currently stranded in Maryland.
Years in Philly: 21 year Philadelphia resident before being foolishly lured out of state
Current Home: Maryland (save me, please!)

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(photos by Rachel Hara)
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Campus Philly Love Notes: Rittenhouse Square Park

Editor’s note: The interns of Campus Philly share their most loved Philly spots and experiences as students in the City of Brotherly Love.

Yara Jishi, Bryn Mawr College
Favorite Spot: Rittenhouse Square Park
Neighborhood: Rittenhouse Square
Address: 18th & Walnut

I am: A college student pursuing an English and Creative Writing degree at Bryn Mawr College
Years in Philly: 3
Current Home: Haddonfield, New Jersey

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Love Note #142: How to teach yourself the city by taking the Route 12 bus (Joel Mathis)

Editors Note: Joel gave me this love note a few months ago. I finally got around to taking the bus ride, starting first at 16th and Walnut, travelling over the Gray’s Ferry Bridge to 50th and Woodland, back east to 3rd and Pine and traversing the city once more to my starting point. The bus ride was eye-opening. This blog conveniently ignores the poverty, crime, and inequalities of this city and chooses, very consciously, to focus on the positive side of the city. I figure that there is enough press covering the other side. But, on days like this, I am forced to acknowledge the struggles of the city. Having not read the note in a little while, I was afraid that the piece would be too rosy, however, I feel like Joel managed to capture what I saw in words.

Joel Mathis
Favorite Spot: The No. 12 Bus
Neighborhood: Fitler Square
Address: 3rd/Pine to 50th/Woodlands

I am: A Kansas-bred freelance writer who came to Philadelphia to live in the “big city” and found this place doesn’t feel too different from my Midwestern small towns.
Years in Philly: 4.5
Current home: 23rd and Pine streets.

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Campus Philly Love Notes: To The Dandelion

Editor’s note: The interns of Campus Philly share their most loved Philly spots and experiences as students in the City of Brotherly Love.

Magali Roman, Temple University 
Favorite Spot: The Dandelion
Neighborhood: Rittenhouse Square
Address: 124 South 18th Street

I am: A college student pursuing an English and History degree at Temple University. Slowly but steadily eating all of Philadelphia one piece of fish and chips at a time.
Years in Philly: 10
Current Home: The Main Line
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(photos by Magali Roman)

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Love Note #115: Lansie Sylvia and Andrew Panebianco on their unrequited love for Cafe Lutecia

Lansie Sylvia and Andrew Panebianco
Favorite Spot: Cafe Lutecia
Neighborhood: Rittenhouse/Fitler Square
Address: 2301 Lombard Street, Philadelphia PA, 19146

I am: Lansie – A nonprofit fundraiser from Vermont who loves making cocktails and occasionally hangs jellyfish from trees. Andrew – A writer, teacher, storyteller, and maker of fine salads.
Years in Philly: Lansie – 4. Andrew – 13
Current home: Lansie – Rittenhouse Square. Andrew – Collingswood, NJ

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Love Note #112: The best block in the city? 18th Street near Rittenhouse according to David Neff

David Neff
Favorite Spot: 18th Street in Center City
Neighborhood: Rittenhouse
Address: 18th Street, between Chestnut & Rittenhouse

I am: David Neff, President of Neff Associates and a huge fan of all things Philadelphia has to offer!
Years in Philly: Life long resident
Current home: Rittenhouse

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Love Note #111: Marisa McClellan, cookbook author and canning guru, loves Sue’s Produce off Rittenhouse

Marisa McClellan
Favorite Spot: Sue’s Produce
Neighborhood: Rittenhouse Square
Address: 114 South 18th Street

I am: A food blogger, cookbook author and canning teacher.
Years in Philly: It will be 11 years in January.
Current home: A two-bedroom apartment in a Rittenhouse Square high-rise.

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Love Note #109: Cindy and Mark Baum-Baicker spread their love across three Chinese food restaurants

Cindy and Mark Baum-Baicker
Favorite Spot(s): Square on Square; Charles Plaza; Han Dynasty
Neighborhood(s): Rittenhouse Square; Chinatown; Old City
Address(es): 1905 Chestnut St (Rittenhouse Square); 234 N 10th (Chinatown); 108 Chestnut St (Olde City)

We are: A professional couple, 59 and 60 yrs old, who have lived and loved Philadelphia for 37 years. We live on Rittenhouse Square and in Upper Bucks County

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Love Note #106: Joe Ulrich’s ode to Rittenhouse Square

Joe Ulrich

Favorite Spot: Rittenhouse Square
Neighborhood: Rittenhouse Square/Center City
Address: 18th-19th Sts., Walnut to Locust/South Rittenhouse Square 

I am: A cheese monger for DiBruno Bros. originally from South Philadelphia; a passionate Philly sports fan, foodie, and weather geek
Years in Philly: I have spent all but thirteen of my forty-eight years in Philadelphia!
Current Home: I currently reside in the Lower Graduate Hospital Neighborhood a.k.a. SW Center City

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