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

Dan Ueda

Love Note #220: The Hidden Joys of Sorrentos Pizza

Dan Ueda
Favorite Spot: Sorrentos
Neighborhood: Olney
Address: 1624 W Olney Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19141

I am: An engineer, turned activist, turned teacher, turned robotics education enthusiast who appreciates the mountains of Montana as much as Passyunk Ave.
Years in Philly: 6
Current Home: West “The Best” Philly

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Love Note #16: Local 44

Daniel Ueda
Favorite spot: Local 44
Neighborhood: West Philly
Address: 4333 Spruce Street 

I am: A physics teacher at Central High School, a robotics coach, and a traveler. 
Years in Philly: 4 years
Current Home:  West Philadelphia 

My love note: I left NYC 4 years ago because there is a pervasive competition of who can be more cool in what they’re doing and where they are. Local 44 is the antithesis of that concept; there, cool is being yourself. While Philly has plenty of places for the hipsters, elites, geeks, artists, grad students, punks, regular Joes, and sports fans, there are very few places where they can all come together and be whomever they are with pride. Local 44 is a home for everybody. 


They have a rotating selection of 20 beers on tap but won’t judge you if you don’t know what a saison is. They have solid food that ranges from hot wings to seitan reuben sandwiches. Their bartenders and waitresses are some of the most honest and friendly the city has to offer. It’s a place where you can sit down at the bar and enjoy a few by yourself, or go on a date, or take a group and do the best quizzo in the city on sunday nights. Say hi to Nate, Cas, and Jen while you’re there, and stop in the Local 44 Bottle Shop on your way out.


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