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

And so we conclude

Cynthia Schmitt A photo posted by Philly Love Notes (@phillylovenotes) on May 20, 2015 at 7:05pm PDT My Love Note Can anyone remember that first moment they fell in love? How does one encompass the complexities of living in a city that's caught between New York and Washington DC? Even Benjamin Franklin, a hero of this city, spent most of his time in Europe. He did choose to die here, so I always thought that must have meant something. Edgar Read more

The classic Philly tradition: the Jersey shore

It feels like most people who were born in Philly and the suburbs spent at least a day each summer at the Jersey shore. There are the outliers who made their way down to the beaches of Delaware or Maryland, but it seems like Jersey was the primary destination. And they weren’t just trips to a random beach. Most people have “their” beach. Ours was Ocean City — a week in one of the small motels, days at the beach or Gillian’s Water Park (which I only just recently discovered was not Gilligan’s as I had been pronouncing all these years), and nights walking along the boardwalk eating Johnson’s popcorn and going on the Tilt-A-Whirl at Wonderland Pier.

As I’ve gotten older, the family beach vacations have become more infrequent and we’ve broadened our horizons. My Philly tradition may have changed slightly, but a summer would not be complete without the beach. What’s your tradition? What’s your beach?

Memorial Day Weekend Trip to Wildwood, NJ

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Love Note #221: What’s your Philadelphia tradition?

Leigh Goldenberg and Aaron Bauman
Favorite Spot: Pre-Phillies ritual including Cosmi’s Deli, Termini Bros, and Citizens Bank Bark
Neighborhood: South Philly
Address: Cosmi’s Deli (1501 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147), Termini Bros (1523 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147), CBP (1523 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147)

We are both: South Philly homeowners, Bike Commuters, Phillies season ticket holders. He is: Web Guy, Ultimate Frisbee Enthusiast, Homebrewer. She is: Bicycle Laundry Marketer, Arts Supporter, Food Co-op party planner
Years in Philly: 7 together (plus Leigh’s 18 in the burbs)
Current Home: We call it Franklin Heights, real estate agents and civic associations call our neighborhood Passyunk Sq. 

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Love Note #220: The Hidden Joys of Sorrentos Pizza

Dan Ueda
Favorite Spot: Sorrentos
Neighborhood: Olney
Address: 1624 W Olney Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19141

I am: An engineer, turned activist, turned teacher, turned robotics education enthusiast who appreciates the mountains of Montana as much as Passyunk Ave.
Years in Philly: 6
Current Home: West “The Best” Philly

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Love Note #219: Shining a little positivity on the Duck Boats

Rachel Buttner
Favorite Place: Anywhere there’s something interesting to see or do (though this love note is to Ride the Ducks)
Address: Launch point — Race Street and Columbus Blvd
Neighborhood: Delaware River/Old City

I Am: A writer and photographer for Daily Vacationer, a website devoted to discovering fantastic places and events in Greater Philadelphia. Wife, mother, pet owner, eternal tourist.
Years in Philly: 8 years in the Philly area
Current Home: Southern New Jersey

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Love Note #218: Bell’s Market in the Northeast is the heaven of pastries

Sarah Ricks
Favorite Spot: Bell’s Market
Neighborhood: Northeast
Address: 8330 Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19152

I am: A law professor and lifelong travel junkie, with a special love for exploring cities.
Years in Philly: 24
Current Home: West Mt. Airy, Philadelphia.

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#whyilovephilly Summer Party Recap

After a much needed post-party and post-Spruce Street Harbor Park opening vacation, I’ve returned to the land of Philly Love Notes. First, I wanted to thank everyone who came out to the #whyilovephilly Summer Party and second I promise to begin posting love notes again (starting tomorrow). I’ve slacked, but I have a ton ready to go thanks to the Philly Papercut Contest (congrats again Leigh and Aaron!).

And now for a recap of the #whyilovephilly Summer Party (Summer Jam/Spruce Street Harbor Park Preview/etc) hosted by Philly Love Notes, the Delaware River Waterfront Corp and Drink Philly:

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All photos by Matt Stanley

In total, we raised $11,000 in ticket sales and sponsorship and sold out 900 tickets almost two weeks before the party. That money was all donated to the Delaware River Waterfront Corp (yes, it’s a non-profit even though it seems like a city agency) to continue doing free programming like creating Spruce Street Harbor Park and — shameless plug — FREE concerts like the Purling Hiss/Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band show at SSHP this Thursday from 7:30-10PM. Read more

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#whyilovephilly Party UPDATE

Fear not attendees, it looks like the rain will blow over in time for the party to happen tomorrow. If for some reason mother nature tries to screw with us, we’ll make a last minute rain call, pushing it back to July 3, because really, no one wants to watch concerts or drink for 4 hours in the rain.

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For more about Spruce Street Harbor Park, click on the image above

Some notes for the party:

1. Bring cash. Your first drink is on us, but after that, two out of three bars will only be accepting cash. There are a couple ATMs on the premise just in case you find yourself short on dollars. Drinks for the night will include: Yards Brawler, Yards Philly Pale Ale, Yards Saison, Victory Summer Love, PBC Walt Wit, Neshaminy Creek Trauger Pilsner, House-made sangria, and a Root + Rye cocktail made from Bulleit Rye, Root from Art in the Age, Orange bitters, and fresh orange. 

2. Bring cash. There will be a bunch of vendors at the party selling their amazing Philly wares, and we’re hoping you’ll support them. They include Duke & WinstonUS*U.S.Art Star, Dear Adelaide DesignPhiladelphia IndependentsHog Island Press and Eyes Habit, and Wear Liberty.

3. Enter the Instagram Contest. Rachel Hara and I will be choosing four winners today to receive two tickets, and an amazing Philly swag bag filled with gifts from our vendors PLUS Pilot and Captain, Quirk Books, and Girls Can Tell. To win, tag your old and new Philly photos with #whyilovephilly_SSHP and add in a short line about why you love the city.

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4. Come hungry. We’ll be sampling the #whyilovephilly Little Baby’s ice cream called Strawberry Mansion Shortcake. In addition, our concessionaire will be selling all types of boardwalk snacks, and the Garces Group will be soft launching the Blue Anchor, the pop-up restaurant on the floating barges with a menu TBA.

5. Be prepared to be filmed, so look nice (or not, just be ready to have your photos taken). Poseybooth, Skout Media, P’unk Ave, and our very talented photographer Matt Stanley have very generously donated their services to provide you with tons of photos and videos.

6. Listen to some amazing music. XPN welcomes the release of Ron Gallo’s solo album, “Ronny,” with sets by The Lawsuits and Up the Chain. Check ’em out before the show and support Philly’s local music scene. 

7. Take public transit, bike, or walk. If you need to drive, we have paid parking lots at Walnut and Lombard Streets at Columbus Blvd, and there is some street parking in the area.

8. Get ready to have your mind blown. It has been an honor to work on Spruce Street Harbor Park with a team of incredibly talented artists, craftsmen, site operations, and hell, even our security. The park would not exist without them, and for that, I am and you should be eternally grateful. The site is fantastically beautiful, better than I think any of us could have expected. When I saw it last night with all the lights on, I nearly cried. So welcome to your new summer home.

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9. Thank our sponsors. We’d like to give an enormous thanks to our sponsors. A bunch of them will be on-site for the party, and we couldn’t have done it without them. Please be sure to visit them, say hi, and learn about what they’re doing to make our fair city even better.

Media Partners: WXPNPhiladelphia Magazine

Lead Sponsors: Bluecadet and Visit PhiladelphiaYards Brewing Company

Sponsors: FringeArtsGreen Mountain Energy CompanyUnited by BlueTicketLeapEnterprise Car ShareSixers CaveSEER InteractiveYoung Involved Philadelphia, I-SiteThink Brownstone, NextFabP’unk AveHooleyWash Cycle LaundryLittle Baby’s Ice CreamPHL Made, and Philly Bike Tour Co.

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Love Note #217 Everything one could desire at the Schuylkill Banks

Nanci George
Favorite Spot: Schuylkill Banks (behind the Art Museum)
Neighborhood: Art Museum

I Am: A nurse and yoga teacher who loves Philly’s fountains, sculptures, and murals. For more of Nanci’s writing, see Benches Where Angels Sit
Years in Philly: 10
Current Home: Wynnefield Heights, West Philly

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The next #whyilovephilly ice cream flavor!

Introducing the next #whyilovephilly flavor ice cream from Little Baby’s!

Each year Martin and I make a new flavor for the #whyilovephilly party (tickets HERE). Last year it was Philly soft pretzel ice cream with a soft pretzel swirl, Butterscotch Krimpets and topped with Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews.

This year we’ve done a Philly-themed strawberry shortcake, and as always, there will be free samples at the party.

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Poundcake (vanilla and chocolate) from Stock’s Bakery in Kensington
Strawberries from Greensgrow Farm
Mint from Little Baby’s garden
(oh yeah, and a dash of freeze dried strawberries for fun)

We’re still looking for a good name. Anyone got suggestions?

Side note: I have to give some credit to Joey Sweeney for thinking of Stock’s. It was a brilliant and delicious idea.  Read more

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Love Note #216: Are we all a little too hard on Manayunk?

Tara Lane
Favorite Spot: Manayunk (specifically, along the SRT where the canal meets the Schuylkill)
Neighborhood: Manayunk

I am: a transplant from Upstate New York, a runner, always listening to music, a fan of any kind of dance party, and completely enamored with Philadelphia.
Years in Philly: 4
Current Home: Manayunk

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