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 #200: The epic Philly Love Note by Bradley Maule

Brad Maule
Favorite Spot: PSFS Building / Loews Philadelphia Hotel
Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 1200 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

I am: a country bumpkin from Tyrone, PA who moved to Philly in 2000, moved to Oregon in 2009, and moved back to Philly in 2013.
Current Home: West Mt Airy
Years in Philly: 10-15, give or take

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So much love for 30th Street Station

Editor’s note: The interns of Campus Philly share their most loved Philly spots and experiences as students in the City of Brotherly Love.

Jeffrey Urbano
Favorite Spot: 30th Street Station
Address: 30th Street and Market Street
Neighborhood: University City

I am: a Drexel University senior
Years in Philly: 5
Current Home: University City

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Love Note #185: Yes, a love note to the Philadelphia airport, by Jennifer Shemtob

Jennifer Shemtob
Favorite Place: Philadelphia Airport (ARRIVALS!)
Neighborhood: Deep South Philadelphia (?)
Address: 8800 Essington Ave Philadelphia, PA 19153

I am: A philadelphia charter school teacher with an appreciation for all things PHILLY
Years in Philly: All my life (if the suburbs count too!) 27 and counting…
Current Home: 12th & Walnut

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Love Note #173: Do you ever stop and think about the history of Philadelphia?

Michelle Ottey
Favorite Spot: Independence Hall
Address: 5th and Chestnut
Neighborhood: Old City/Historic District

I am: A lifelong Philly girl
Years in Philly: 27
Current Home: Washington Square

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From the Archives: Albert Fried-Cassorla loves the Water Works at sunset

Albert Fried-Cassorla
Favorite spot: Outside deck of the Water Works Restaurant
Neighborhood: Art Museum District
Address: 640 Waterworks Dr

I am: An English teacher, playwright, husband and father.
Years in Philly: 37
Current Home:  Melrose Park, PA

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Love Note #159: Andrew Nusca’s love note to 30th Street Station’s warm, gilded embrace

Andrew Nusca
Favorite spot: 30th Street Station
Neighborhood: University City
Address: 2951 Market Street

I am: A writer and editor who was raised in Montgomery County, works in New York and lives — for now — in Philadelphia.
Years in Philly: 20, if you count the ‘burbs
Current neighborhood: Cedar Park, West Philadelphia

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The best last line of any love note, from Tyahmiya of the Urban Blazers

Tyahmiya Age:11
Favorite Spot: The green lady’s house
Neighborhood: Strawberry Mansion
Location: Fairmount Park, Boxers’ Trail

I am: A girl and a book lover; student at St. James School in North Philly and an Urban Blazer

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Campus Philly Love Notes: To the Quiet Dignity of 30th Street Station

Editor’s note: The interns of Campus Philly share their most loved Philly spots and experiences as students in the City of Brotherly Love.

Rebecca Hannaford, Arcadia University
Favorite Spot: 30th Street Station.
Neighborhood: University City
Address: 30th and Market Sts.

I am: A full time student at Arcadia University, and full time dog lover.
Years In Philly: 2 and a half.
Current Home: Split between Glenside, PA and Newark, DE.

(photo by Rebecca Hannaford)

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Love Note #141: Steve Weinik looks back on Independence Hall stoop sitting

Steve Weinik
Favorite Spot: On the stoop at Independence Hall
Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 6th and Chestnut

I am: A photographer and writer from Northwest Philadelphia. I am currently the Staff Photographer for the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.
Years in Philly: Whole life
Current Home: East Mt. Airy

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(photo by Steve Weinik)

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Love Note #135: Colleen Davis discovers a log cabin in Northern Liberties

Colleen Davis
Favorite Spot: North Lawrence Street in Northern Liberties
Neighborhood: Northern Liberties
Address:
 1100 North Lawrence to 876 N. Lawrence

I am: I’m a freelance writer splitting life between the stoops of Northern Liberties and the Pocono woods, author of Between the Pond and the Woods, a website for caregivers
Years in Philly: 30 years
Current Home:
 Northern Liberties

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