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

Center City

Love Note #286: A park that tugs at the heart

Nicholas Malfitano
Favorite Spot: Rittenhouse Square
Neighborhood: Center City
Address: South 18th & Walnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19103

I Am: A Jersey Shore native, an adopted son of Philly, a legal journalist, photographer, eternal optimist, karaoke enthusiast and avid runner.
Years in Philly: Still working on Year 1 of my residence, as I first moved here last September. But to me, this beautiful city already feels like home.
Current Home: East Falls

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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 #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 #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 #262: A sense of wonder in a square

Samantha Brumbaugh
Favorite Spot: Rittenhouse Square
Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 18th and Walnut

I Am: A frequent visitor from the suburbs of Southern New Jersey with a newfound love for city life

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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 #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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Love Note #242: Thousands of post-it notes are why Al Lee loves Rosa’s Fresh Pizza

Albert Lee

Favorite Spot: Rosa’s Fresh Pizza
Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 25 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

I Am: A native son of the 215, a proud Philly evangelist and a instagrammer.
Current Home: Chinatown
Years in Philly: 35

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