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

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A round-up of Philly’s great style bloggers

Philly has no shortage of great city-centric blogs. Some of my favorites are the style blogs, which maybe, just maybe, are helping me hone my fashion sense a bit. I wanted to give a highlight of those that have made it into my Google Reader and which I now read religiously.

1. Streets and Stripes: A fashion and lifestyle blog authored by freelance photographer and editor Chaucee Stillman that’s geared towards young, creative, and culturally aware readers. Lots of photos of Chaucee’s great personal style, other beautiful Philadelphians, and photo shoots in some of the city’s lovely boutiques.

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Love Note #50: Liberty Lands in Northern Liberties — A neighborhood park as is it truly ought to be by Brent Luvaas

Brent Luvaas
Favorite Spot: Liberty Lands
Neighborhood: Northern Liberties
Address: 926 N. American Street


I am: Visual and cultural anthropologist, Assistant Professor at Drexel University, and the blogger behind www.urbanfieldnotes.com.
Years in Philly: Three
Current Neighborhood: The slums of the Main Line

My love note: A neighborhood park as is it truly ought to be: overgrown, untamed, and teeming with life. Sure the grass is uncared for and turns dead brown in the summer, but it still feels alive, with a giant fine art mural as a backdrop, a large community garden, a stage, and two decently–sized playgrounds where my daughter spent nearly every afternoon for the year and a half we lived in Northern Liberties. Plus — and here’s the icing on the cake ­— Liberty Lands is a community owned park, not a city park, which means no one’s going to stop you if you swig a few beers on the park bench while watching your kid pile bark on the blue plastic slide.

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