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

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Love Note #258: A trail to help you fall back in love with Philly

Patrick Wittwer
Favorite Spot: Schuylkill River Trail
Neighborhood: Art Museum

I Am: A museum maven, Muppet fanatic, and frequent meanderer
Years in Philly: 11 (plus another 16 in the burbs)
Current Home: Brewerytown

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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 #229: Lou Perseghin on the unadultered joys of biking the 5th Street tunnel

Lou Perseghin
Favorite Spot: 5th Street bike tunnel
Neighborhood: Old City
Address: 5th Street between Arch and Race

I Am: Into ads, dogs, cycling and my ladyfriend Gwen
Years in Philly: 9 (nonconsecutive- I moved back in ’10)
Current Home: Point Breeze

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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 #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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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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Love Note #215: Tis the season for biking in Philly

Josh and Philly Bike Tour Co. are joining the #whyilovephilly Summer Party team, and have created a special bike tour just for the occasion. This 2.5 mile, one-hour BYOB(bike) tour highlights over 300 years of Philly’s history and culture, starting in Rittenhouse Square Park and ending at Spruce Street Harbor Park, just in time for the #whyilovephilly party! For full details, and to sign up, visit the Philly Bike Tour Co. website.

Josh Rothstein
Favorite Spot: Biking in Philly
Neighborhood: All over

I am: A teacher. A cyclist. A tour guide for Philly Bike Tours. A lover of all things Philly. A soon-to-be husband (now husband). A dog owner.
Years in Philly: 29 years in and around Philly; 12 years proper.
Current Home: Fairmount

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Love Note #196: 35-45 seconds. That’s all it takes for Jordan Klein.

Jordan Klein
Favorite Spot: 5th Street Tunnel
Address: Right north of 5th and Race
Neighborhood: Old City

I am: A shoulder-dancing, concert-going, olympic-weightlifting, museum/culture/design obsessed new Philadelphian. I am also half of The Philadelphia Public History Truck (check it out!)
Years in Philly: 2 + a bit
Current home: Bella Vista

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Love Note #194 The river trail that convinced Ninon Matos to stay in Philly

Ninon Matos
Favorite Place: Schuylkill River Trail/Kelly Drive/Wissahickon Bike trail
Neighborhood: Art Museum

I Am: A Transplant from The Big Apple
Years in Philly: 4
Current Home: Graduate Hospital

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Love Note #139: Jill Betters takes a bike ride up Belgrade

Jill Betters
Favorite Spot: Biking up Belgrade Street
Neighborhood: Fishtown

I am: An adopted Philadelphian in love with the Riverwards. After two years spent primarily making nonsense in Fishtown Neighbors Association, I’m drinking a beer trying to figure out what to do next.
Years in Philly: About 10 in Philly and the burbs
Current Home: Fishtown

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(Please note that the photos don’t accurately reflect the love letter. More will be taken in the summer, and the piece will be re-posted)

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