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

Clark Park

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 #176: From Emma Sicalowski, to Philadelphia for love.

Emma Sicalowski
Favorite Spot: Clark Park
Neighborhood: West Philly
Address: 43rd and Baltimore

I am: a teacher of young children, an artist, a dog mom, a hopeful romantic.
Years in Philly: < 1
Current Home: West Philly

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Love Notes Top Five

This week Philly Love Notes is teaming up with the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation in honor of Love Your Park Day, being held this Saturday, November 17th. We’ll be posting some of our favorite Fairmount Park Love Notes all week in celebration, and remember, if you’ve got some kind words to say about your favorite park, please send them along to phillylovenotes@gmail.com

Top Five Fairmount Park Spots (in no particular order):


1. Sedgley Woods and Disc Golf Course (Love Note #44 from Chip Chantry)

2. Pennypack Park in Fox Chase (Love Note #67 from Jill Sybesma)

3. FDR Skate Park (Love Note #70 from Hilary Malson)

4. Penn Treaty Park (Love Note #19 from Alex Bomstein)


5. Clark Park (Love Note #37 from Andrew Levitt)



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Love Note #37 — Andrew Levitt loves Clark Park in W. Philly because it is a "social butterfly, a gracious host, a kind friend"

Andrew Levitt
Favorite Spot: Clark Park  
Neighborhood: West Philly  
Address: 43rd and Baltimore 
I am: Cheerful, a family man, bookish if not well-read, enthusiastic about seeing more people get around on bicycles. 32, 257, 5’8″, 165#. Unabashedly Italian-Irish-American Quaker Buddhist Secular-Jew
Years in Philly: 18 + 3 
Current Home: Bella Vista

My Love Note:

Dear Clark Park,

I love that a sunny day attracts so many young people to your tall trees and green grass for idle lollygagging, breezy sports, and chatty hang time. You have proper quiet dappled sunlight, proper wind-through-the-leaves. I love your fresh chairs and fresh grass, the susurrus of all your friends. I don’t see you as often as I’d like, but please don’t take that to mean that I think you are anything less than the best kind of social butterfly, a gracious host, a kind friend. Sometimes I wonder if I shouldn’t be closer to you so we can spend more time together.    


Love,
Andrew

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