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

South Philly

Love Note #147: A love story by Jackie Chipotle featuring the Passyunk Fountain

Jackie Chipotle
Favorite Spot: Passyunk Fountain
Neighborhood: E. Passyunk
Address: Intersection of Passyunk Ave and Tasker Street

I am: Central PA transplant, travel guru, and comedienne. Sex & Relationships expert on The Pincushion Podcast
Years in Philly: 2 In the City, 5 in the ‘burbs.
Current Home: Newbold/Bella Vista

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FDR Park Boathouse

FDR park is an underused gem in the city. I mean, look at how beautiful this is. Who would know that it existed right across the street from the stadiums?
 
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Campus Philly Love Notes: To the Lights of South Philadelphia

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

, Temple, 2013
Favorite spot: Anywhere under the lights
Neighborhood: Passyunk Square

I am: a student, a writer, an observer, a biker, an imagined traveler, an Austen admirer, and a Fitzgerald fanatic
Years in Philly: 2 1/2
Current home: North Philly

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Love Note #133: What makes biking so cathartic? Find out Erika Owens’ answer

Erika Owens
Favorite Spot: Biking 18th Street
Neighborhood: primarily South Philly/Point Breeze
Address: Passyunk to the Parkway

I am: Over-analytic, coffee-shop-hopping homebody techie/journalist/organizer.
Years in Philly: 7
Current Home: Point Breeze/not Newbold

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Love Note #132: A romance set in the Italian Market, by Joy Manning

Joy Manning

Favorite spot: 9th Street (Italian Market) 
Neighborhood: Bella Visita
Address: The blocks of Ninth Street between South Street and Reed Street, in my book at least

I Am: Editor at Table Matters who hails from Mayfair but has put down roots for keeps in Passyunk Square

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Love Note #131: First a letter, and now a poem to the Mummers by Sean Mellody

Sean Mellody
Favorite Spot: Broad Street at Bainbridge (during the Mummers Day Parade)
Neighborhood: Center City

I am: a native of the Philadelphia suburb of Lansdale, a home brewer, music lover, and friend to amazing people.
Years in Philadelphia and burbs: 31
Current Home: Queen Village

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Love Note #130: Lance Saunders’ love note to our uniquely bizarre spectacle, the Mummers and 2nd Street

Lance Saunders
Favorite Spot: Broad Street and then Two Street on January 1st
Neighborhood: Center City and then South Philadelphia
Address: Approximately Broad and locust and then 2nd street south of Washington Ave

I am: An architect, a good listener, and a human. Also, I like to write things sometimes. And draw, I draw too.
Years in Philly: I was raised in South Jersey. I spent my youth walking the streets of Philadelphia. I have lived in Philadelphia, proper, for 5 years.
Current Home: Fairmount

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Love Note #129: Much love goes out to the Flyers from Brian Lipstein

Brian Lipstein
Favorite Spot: Wells Fargo Center (Flyer’s Games)
Neighborhood: Sports Complex, South Philly
Address: 3601 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

I am: Brian Lipstein, CEO and Founder of Henry A. Davidsen: Master Tailors & Image Consultants
Years in Philly: Born and Raised
Current Home: Manayunk

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Love Note #122: “Every December, my neighborhood glows” Meg Retz’s love note to the Christmas lights in LoMo

Meg Retz

Favorite Spot: LoMo, a little corner of South Philadelphia
Neighborhood: South Philadelphia
Address: Snyder to Oregon, 8th Street to Broad Street

I am: I’m a legal aid lawyer, who’s living in (and loving) South Philadelphia. I’m also on the board of my neighborhood civic association, the Lower Moyamensing (“LoMo”) Civic Association.
Years you have spent in Philly: 11 years
What neighborhood do you currently live in: LoMo, of course!

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Love Note #121: “Art is the center of the real world” (Danya Henninger — Zagar Back Alley Mosaics)

Danya Henninger 
Favorite Spot: The Back Alley Mosaics of Isaiah Zagar
Neighborhood: South Philly
Address: Throughout South Philadelphia, mostly in Bella Vista, Hawthorne and Queen Village

I am: A photographer, editor and writer with a focus on food and drink and a love of design.
Years in Philly: Eight years
Current Home: Bella Vista

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