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

University City

Love Note #94: Local blogger Melissa Alam knew there was something special about the soccer fields on PENN’s campus

Melissa Alam
Favorite Spot: Soccer Turf at Penn Park

Neighborhood: University City
Address: 31st and Chestnut

I am: Temple Alum, Blogger, Culture and Event Lover

Years in Philly: 6 years ever since I moved here for Temple
Current Home: Northern Liberties

My love note: Ever since I stepped onto the fresh, green turf on UPenn’s campus, I knew that I was in the midst of something special. I began playing co-ed, recreational soccer with Philadelphia Sports Network, and fell in love with the group of friends I’ve met through the league as well as the amazing way I’m able to begin a fresh new week. With night games every Sunday night, the build-up of a week’s worth of stress is able to disappear for an hour as I focus on playing futbol right under the beauty of a sunset touching Philadelphia’s skyline. I’m able to feel like a kid again and get back to basics with a great group of local Philadelphians on the Penn Park turf.

(top photos by Melissa)

(Melissa on right)
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Love Note #64: Erica Hawthorne watches over the city she loves from Drexel Park in University City

Erica Hawthorne
Favorite Spot: Drexel Park
Neighborhood: University City
Address: Baring and 32nd streets


I am: Poet, artist advocate, chocolate chip cookie connoisseur (or addict…same same), owner of one very spoiled cat and founder of Small But Mighty Arts Grant (thanks to the Knight Foundation!).
Years in Philly: 9 years…and counting.
Current Home: Powelton Village…but I just call it West Philly 🙂
My love note: I fell in love with Philadelphia before I even moved to Philadelphia. When I arrived, I had a bit of culture shock! But it grew on me…the neighborhoods, the restaurants, the friends I’ve made (who have awesome house parties), getting lost EVERYWHERE, every creative, artistic venue, event, person and moment I experience, and the skyline that peeks out every time I crest a hill in surrounding neighborhoods.

This park used to be a graveled inaccessible space, the skyline hidden behind fenced tension. Even then, I used to drive by, slow down and strain to see what I knew was a great view, save for all of the barriers. When they began turning over soil I thought the space would end up as a condo haven, but to my surprise, it become this amazing park space. 

Here, the city looks close enough to touch, and I come here to reflect on how far I’ve come since I’ve been here and just how close I have become with the city. The park is a great spot to hang out during the day, although the grass is a bit rough, but isn’t that so Philly?: a bit rough, even more beautiful…and still someplace you want to be. At night, from this place, it’s like watching a rambunctious toddler finally settle down, peaceful and resting. Only a few windowed lids flutter on the building facades, haloed by the stars, the occasional whining of a train pulling into to the station like a familiar blanket, while the Art Museum sits off to the left like a night light. Even at night, you can feel the city still building and renewing and getting ready for another day.

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Love Note #14: South Street Bridge

Emma
My love note: I was pissed when they removed the first South Street Bridge, thus altering my bike route to work. And then…and then when I saw the new one I was ok with those two years of detours. It is an absolute pleasure to bike to and from work with that spectacular view. Every day and every hour is different. Sometimes it’s just so pretty I pull my bike over and lean over the railings and just watch my city



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Love Note #3: A love note to the magnificence of the Fisher Fine Arts Library at the University of Pennsylvania

Emma Fried-Cassorla
Favorite Spot: Race Street Pier
Neighborhood: Penn’s Landing
Address: Race St and N Columbus Blvd

I am: a scientist, student, foodie
Years in Philly: Off and on for 29. Almost 30. Getting old.
Current home: South Philly, the promised land of pho and Mexican food

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