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

South Philly

Love Note #187: Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey on falling in love with Dickinson Square Park

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey
Favorite Spot: Dickinson Square Park
Address: 4th and Tasker
Neighborhood: Pennsport

I am:  A strategic consultant handling media and analyst relations.  I have acted and directed professionally.  I grew up on the Mexican border and order tacos frequently to keep my Spanish in check.  I have an MFA in creative writing and need to do more with it.  I am a compulsive animal rescuer.  I love live performance of just about every type but often leave angry at myself for quitting dance or piano lessons.  I love being outside but sunburn too easily.  I spend too much time staring at my iPhone.  I love eating—my own cooking or someone else’s—and I’m guilty of copy-editing menus.  I dance in my kitchen, alone or with my husband, who puts up with me for reasons I still don’t understand.  I am an extrovert except for when I’m not; I love sleeping but I’m an insomniac.  I hate writing bios.
Years in Philly: Eleven as of next month
Current Home: Pennsport

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Love Note #185: Yes, a love note to the Philadelphia airport, by Jennifer Shemtob

Jennifer Shemtob
Favorite Place: Philadelphia Airport (ARRIVALS!)
Neighborhood: Deep South Philadelphia (?)
Address: 8800 Essington Ave Philadelphia, PA 19153

I am: A philadelphia charter school teacher with an appreciation for all things PHILLY
Years in Philly: All my life (if the suburbs count too!) 27 and counting…
Current Home: 12th & Walnut

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Love Note #174: Philadelphia as the setting for change, by Colleen T. Reese

Colleen T. Reese
Favorite Spot: 11th Street

I am: A publishing and bourbon junkie, Geekadelphian and a lover of books.
Years in Philly: 4
Current Home: East Passyunk

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Love Note #168: That guy kicking a wall near the left field gate at Citizens Bank Park, that’s Justin Klugh

Justin Klugh
Favorite Spot: Citizens Bank Park
Neighborhood: Sports Complex
Address: 1 Citizens Bank Way Philadelphia, PA 19148

I am: You’d think an umpire, looking at the play, in person, as it is happening a few feet away from them, would be able to make a call better than me, miles away and watching through a slightly delayed television feed. But they can’t. It’s uncanny. What I’m saying is my eyesight is terrific. My sense of speech; not as much, as they never seem to hear me through the TV.
Years in Philly: 2005-09; 2012-present
Current Home: Francisville (Broad & Poplar)

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Campus Philly Love Notes: “The Best Part of Wakin’ Up”

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: Federal Donuts
Address: 1219 S 2nd St Philadelphia, PA 19147
Neighborhood: Pennsport

I am: A full time student at Temple University, intern at Campus Philly, and a consumer of all things delicious.
Years in Philly: Going on two in August
Current Home: North Philadelphia and South Jersey

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Love Note #163: Michelle Chikaonda finds peacefulness in a beautiful walk along Pine Street

Michelle Chikaonda
Neighborhood: Italian Market, Old City
Favorite Spot: The walk from the Italian Market to Old City, via Pine Street

I am: A writer from many places who somehow keeps coming back to Philly
Years in Philly: Born here; went to college here; moved back two years ago
Current Home: Old City

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Love Note #158: It took 158 love letters, but David Goodman has finally written one about cheesesteaks

David Goodman
Favorite Spot: Jim’s Steaks, South St.
Neighborhood: Center City/South Philly
Address: 400 South St.

I am: A writer/artist/geek who is a regular contributor to the blogs Geekadelphia and The Quarter Bin, as well as my own blog. I spend way to much time reading comic books and… well, that’s about it.
Years in Philly: My whole life
Current Home: The suburbs (don’t judge me)

(All photos by Krystal Barber from Mote Studios)

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Love Note #152: Eric Walter on the kitschy glamour of the King of Jeans on East Passyunk Ave

Eric Walter
Favorite Spot: The King of Jeans sign
Neighborhood: East Passyunk Crossing
Address: 1843 E. Passyunk Avenue (at 13th Street)

I am: a Michigan boy blown eastward for love and opportunity, a web producer at WHYY’s NewsWorks.org, a delinquent writer.
Years in Philadelphia: 4
Current Home: East Passyunk Crossing

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Love Note #151: Rachel Hildebrandt loves Circle Thrift because it brings Philadelphians together

Rachel Hildebrandt
Favorite Spot: Circle Thrift
Neighborhood: South Philly
Address: 1125 South Broad Street (Broad, between Washington Avenue and Ellsworth Street)

I am: a preservation advocate, a non-profit employee, a Hidden City contributor, and a vintage eyeglass collector
Years in Philly: all 26
Current home: Hawthorne

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Love Note #148: The blog comes full circle as Jen Killius writes a love note to Johnny Goodtimes’ Quizzo at the Ugly American

Jen Killius
Favorite spot: Ugly American
Neighborhood: Pennsport
Address: 1100 South Front Street, 19147

I am: A Health Policy Research Analyst by day, and an avid reader, drinker, runner and crossfitter by night.
Years in Philly: 1.5
Current Home: Queen Village

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(Team #SHARKTOBERFEST)

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