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

Love Note #284: What could divert someone from the Mummers Parade?

Dana Schmidt
Favorite Spot: Dirty Franks
Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 347 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

I Am: A writer, a reader, a runner and eater – who can be found at WHYY most weekdays
Years in Philly: 18 in the ‘burbs, 2 in Center City
Current Home: Washington Square West

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Love Note #283: Even a Texan still dreams of Reading Terminal Market

Domenica Murphy
Favorite Spot: Reading Terminal Market
Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

I Am: A stay at home mom in Dallas who misses everything about her home.
Years in Philly: 23

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Love Note #282: The best is at the end of the sacred steps

Jordan Price
Favorite Philly Spot: Underdogs
Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 132 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

I Am: Delco-raised, a recently graduated Quaker, and a SEPTA-sponsored Philly explorer
Years in Philly: 2
Current Home: Fitler Square

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Love Note #281 The best trail in all of PA? Yes.

Shelli Gimelstein
Favorite Spot: The Schuylkill River Trail

I Am: A graduating Penn senior who is moving back to New York but has fallen in love with Philly
Years in Philly: 4
Current Home: University City

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Love Note #280: Beer and pretzels as big as your head

Michaele-Lynne Jacot
Favorite Spot: Frankford Hall
Neighborhood: Fishtown
Address: 1210 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

I Am: Living in Rochester, but missing my favorite City!
Years in Philly: 3
Current Home: Rochester, NY

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Love Note #279: An ode to Philly’s piano bars

Clint Randall
Favorite Spot: Sunday evening at 1 Tippling Place
Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 2006 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

I Am: A product of a Fitler Square childhood, former city employee, occasional tour guide, avid coffee drinker, and karaoke fiend.
Years in Philly: About 24 of the nearly 31 I’ve lived so far
Current Home: Fishtown

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Love Note #278: Have you found the Tree of Concern?

Steve Perzan
Favorite Spot: Stone hidden behind the Please Touch Museum
Neighborhood: West Philly
Address: 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131

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Love Note #277: A stink to love

Heather Calvert
Favorite Spot: Too many to pick one, but for this love note, Philly’s Ginkgo Trees

I Am: A freelance writer, nonprofit professional, wife/mom/friend/daughter/voter, public school parent, lover of Philly
Years in Philly: 22
Current Home: Cedar Park, West Philadelphia

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Love Note #276: Remember the fountain that froze?

Bert Archer
Favorite Spot: Swann Memorial Fountain
Neighborhood: Center City
Address: Logan Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103

I Am: A filmmaker who used to be a mechanical engineer who once tried to be a comedian.
Years in Philly: 7 in Northern Liberties; 5 at Drexel U
Current Home: Las Vegas NV

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Love Note #275: A little French in Philly

Michael Dwyer
Favorite Spot: Chamounix Fields in Fairmount Park
Neighborhood: West Philly
Address: Chamounix Dr & Ford Road

I Am: A professor of Media and Communication at Arcadia University and defensive center mid for FC Chamounix
Years in Philly: 4
Current Home: Mt Airy/Chestnut Hill

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