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

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

Rittenhouse Square

Philadelphia Horticultural Society Pop Up Garden

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PHS had a change in leadership a few years ago.  They’re pushing for more showpiece projects, including the (hopefully) annual pop up garden. Located right off of Rittenhouse Square, you can wander through a meadow of urban dwelling plants, enjoy overflowing beds of fruits, veggies and other assorted plants, and sit at Alice in Wonderland’s table.  They’re doing a pretty good job changing my perception of horticultural societies. Now we just need to figure out how to throw a pot luck dinner party there.

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Love Note #27: Nicholas Mirra loves the bike-ridden fence on Rittenhouse Square

Nicholas Mirra
Favorite Spot: The bike-filled fence on the east side of Rittenhouse Square below Walnut Street
Neighborhood: Rittenhouse Square
Address: 18th St between Walnut and Chancellor

I am: communications guy for the Bicycle Coalition; ultimate frisbee player; Pacific Northwest born and raised
Years in Philly: 6 years
Current Home: Grad Hospital area

My love note: The bike-ridden fence on the edge of Rittenhouse Square is a wall of graffiti. There are loud voices in Philly, voices accustomed to influential audiences, which say bicycles are for children and contemptuous hipsters; a frivolous activity taking vital space away from cars. Yet look at this fence! It sits in the heart of a famously well-heeled neighborhood, surrounded by some of Philly’s most inhospitable streets for bicycling. Despite the obstacles, bicyclists pour into Center City and make room for themselves.

This fence has been tagged with bikes. Like other important graffiti, it is an early sign of an approaching change. Slowly but surely, Philly will accommodate bicycling because bicyclists are accommodating themselves to Philly. Today, the bicycles are locked to the fence. Tomorrow, they will be locked to new racks on the sidewalk. Eventually, some of those riders will live in towers looking down on Rittenhouse Square, and they’ll enjoy a mischievous nostalgia for the days when they were ahead of the curve.
 
(Note: These pics were all taken on the same day along the same fence line)

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Love Note #26: Wander beautiful Delancey Pl with Dana Marston

Dana Marston
Favorite Spot: a small residential block of Delancey
Neighborhood: tucked behind Rittenhouse Square
Address: Delancey between 20th and 21st

I am: vintage lover, blogger, stylist, gardener, painter, antique dealer
Years in Philly: 9
Current Home: After living in various Philly homes for 9 years, I call outside of the city home and wander between the burbs and the beach stopping in the city along the way.

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Love Note #9: Rittenhouse Square

Eric Smith

Favorite Spot: Rittenhouse Square Park
Neighborhood: Rittenhouse
Address: 18th and Walnut

I am: Full time publishing geek, part-time local blogger and English professor, aspiring author.
Years in Philly: 5 years, the first three of which were spent in various neighborhoods (West Philly, Chinatown, Queen Village).
Current Home: Rittenhouse

My Love Note: There are a lot of lovely parks in Philadelphia, and plenty of others within walking distance right in Center City. Washington Square, Fitler Square, Independence Square… there sure are a lot of squares, but only one has managed to capture my heart. Rittenhouse Square.


It’s a love affair that, no matter how times I find myself hurt, I always come running back. The beautiful trees, the lovely people walking adorable dogs, and the farmers market on Saturdays? I adore it.

Rittenhouse Square could try to break up with me and convince me not to stay, possibly while treating me to gelato from the Capogiro nearby, and I simply wouldn’t listen.

Rittenhouse Square: Well, what about that time a homeless man snatched that book out of your hand, babbling nonsense about how he was Jesus and wrote the novel you were reading?

Eric: How could I stay mad at you? It’s okay.

Rittenhouse Square: Or when the Rittenhouse hawk pooped on you. Remember how traumatizing that was? What were the chances?! It was everywhere Eric. Everywhere.

Eric: These things happen. I still love you.

Rittenhouse Square: How about that time I—

Eric: Let’s not do this sweetheart. Come on, I bought us sandwiches from DiBrunos.  


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