Philly Love Notes Gift Guide

Hello friends and Philly-lovers, Time for the first Philly Love Letters Gift Guide! With some help from you, I put together a completely non-comprehensive list of amazing things being done right here in the city (or right outside). This only scratches the surface of the cool stuff being made here. There are always tons of great markets and small businesses to support (like Amalgam Comics, Philadelphia Independents, Yowie, and Omoi Zakka). And of course, one of the best gifts of all -- donating money, time, Read more

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

Love Note #255: The call of Philadelphia

Conley Easter
Favorite Philly Spot: Christ Church
Neighborhood: Old City
Address: 20 N American St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

I Am: A Southeastern transplant and tour guide at Christ Church
Years in Philly: 1 and a half
Current Home: Manayunk

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Love Note #254: An emotional visit to Philadelphia

Hetal (ex-pat files)
Favorite Spot: Clark Park Amish Farmers Market
Neighborhood: West Philly
Address: 4398 Chester Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104

I Am: A foodie who fell in love with Philly during college
Years in Philly: 6
Current Home: San Francisco

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Love Note #253: If my home couldn’t be near Sarcone’s Deli at least it could be my homescreen

Ashley Hahn
Favorite Spot: Sarcone’s Deli
Neighborhood: Bella Vista
Address: 734 S 9th Street

I am: a planner, preservationist, writer, maker, grower, and beagle enthusiast.
Years in Philly: On and off since 2005. Happily on again since 2011.
Current home: Bella Vista

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Love Note #252: What’s so beautiful about the rear end of Center City?

Rick Piper
Favorite Philly Spot: The little “back streets”, alleys and occasional streets…
Neighborhood: Center City

I Am: a 67 year-old business guy, former owner of 12th Street GHym, out/gay Cenetr City native.
Years in Philly: 45
Current Home: Center City

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Love Note #251: The East Falls Bridge is gorgeous in its grittiness

Christine Holbert
Favorite Spot: East Falls Bridge
Neighborhood: East Falls

I Am: a runner, expert cupcake-eater, and non-profit worker
Years in Philly: 3
Current Home: East Falls

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Love Note #250: Pro tip: Parking lots are the best for Philly skyline photos

Editor’s Note: This post features photos by the amazing @kylehuff, who’s skyline and abandoned building photos are some of my favorite in the city.

Schuyler L.

Favorite Spot: The top level of any parking garage at night!

I am: A Philly based food event and urban exploration photographer who is trying to make the transition to independent documentary filmmaking.
Years in Philly: Five
Current Home: Conshohocken

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Love Note #249: The rabbit hole I love to call El Camino

Melissa Alam
Favorite Spot: El Camino Real
Neighborhood: Fishtown
Address: 1040 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

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Love Note #248: The Wall

Stephen Zook
Favorite Spot: The Manayunk Wall
Neighborhood: Manayunk
Address: Begins at Main Street and Levering Street, proceeds on worn cobblestone Cresson Street under the railway, then back on to Levering Street (or so says Wikipedia)

I am: a Philly transplant and proud Temple graduate, I spend my time running, biking, swimming in the Schuylkill, drinking beer, arguing with my dog, and starting new writing projects that I never finish.
Years in Philly: 8
Current Home: Fitler Square

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Love Note #247: In just ten days Philly Beer Week manages to make this city even more special

Jordan Price
Favorite Philly Spot: Each of the participating bars during Philly Beer Week

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 #246: Calling all saucer-heads

Editor’s Note: The Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance are having a big party tonight to celebrate their well-deserved victory — one of too few wins in Philly that preserve some of our architecturally renowned buildings. If you’re interested in preservation in Philly (or just want to party), check out their In With The Old event tonight.

Lauren Drapala
Favorite Spot: Fairmount Park Welcome Center
Address: 1599 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Neighborhood: Center City

I Am: a full-time architectural conservator, part-time bowler
Years in Philly: 7
Current Home: South of South

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