Favorite Place: Delaware River Waterfront (but I’m biased)
I am: A lover of the waterfront, blogger, Philly-girl, twin, friend, giver of good gifts, closeted romantic, biker.
Years in Philly: 32 minus 5
Current Home: S. Philly (even farther South than last year)
Favorite Spot: The Delaware River, but particularly the Wood Street steps as a reminder of the past and Race Street Pier as an example of the future
Neighborhood: Delaware River Waterfront
I am: a Texan who found herself head over heels in love with Philadelphia, and an urban planner working on the Central Delaware River.
Years in Philly: a little more than 5
Favorite Spot: Washington Avenue Green
Neighborhood: Delaware River Waterfront/Pennsport
Address: Washington Ave and Columbus Blvd.
I Am: A librarian who loves to take advantage of all the culture and nature that Philly offers.
Years in Philly: 15
Current Home: Queen Village
Favorite Place: Anywhere there’s something interesting to see or do (though this love note is to Ride the Ducks)
Address: Launch point — Race Street and Columbus Blvd
Neighborhood: Delaware River/Old City
I Am: A writer and photographer for Daily Vacationer, a website devoted to discovering fantastic places and events in Greater Philadelphia. Wife, mother, pet owner, eternal tourist.
Years in Philly: 8 years in the Philly area
Current Home: Southern New Jersey
What: #whyilovephilly Summer Party and Spruce Street Harbor Park Preview. PLUS, the debut of Ron Gallo’s new album “Ronny” + The Lawsuits + Up the Chain, presented by XPN.
When: Thursday, June 26, 2014, 7-11PM (RAIN DATE, July 3)
Where: The new Spruce Street Harbor Park at Spruce and Columbus Blvd.
How to get there: Walk, transit, bike, drive, or take the #whyilovephilly bike tour from Rittenhouse Square to the party, courtesy of Philly Bike Tour Co.
Why: Because we all love Philly in our own ways
Tickets: $10 (includes free drink ticket)
Stay Tuned: Instagram Contest Details and #whyilovephilly Little Baby’s Ice Cream Flavor
Media Partners: WXPN and Philadelphia Magazine
Lead Sponsors: Blue Cadet and Visit Philadelphia
Sponsors: United by Blue, TicketLeap, Enterprise Car Share, Sixers Cave, NextFab, P’unk Ave, and Little Baby’s Ice Cream
Favorite Spot: The old ship-cleats on the dock at Penn’s Landing. When you walk down the concrete “deck” of penn’s landing there are these massive ship cleats sunken into the deck with ledge seating around it.
Neighborhood: Penn’s landing
Address: Columbus Blvd. and Market Sts
I am: A software engineer from northern liberties with an appreciation for our waterways.
Years in Philly: 7 years down-town, my whole life in the NE burbs
Current Home: Northern Liberties
Favorite Spot: Tug Jupiter
Neighborhood: The Waterfront at Penns Landing
Address: Market Street at Delaware Avenue (NOT Columbus Blvd…I won’t give that up!)
I am: A piano rebuilder, technician and teacher. I have a shop in Delaware County. I taught Advanced Coastal Navigation among other courses for the US. Coast Guard Auxiliary and hold a 100 Ton Masters License. I was born in South Philadelphia (sout filly) on Mole & Dickenson just across the street from the famous Strolli’s bar in the building that housed the family pastry shop, and have a house on the 3100 block of S. Juniper.
Current Home: South Philly
Naimah, 12 years old
Favorite Spot: Delaware River
I am: A participant in the Urban Blazers Girls Active In Nature Program at Hank Gathers Recreation Center
My Love Note: I love the Delaware River because in the summer Urban Blazers, a youth program, took the girl’s at Hank Gathers out boating with the Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory. It was something new I tried and I loved it.
Favorite Spot: The view at night from midway across the Walt Whitman Bridge
Neighborhood: South Philly
I am: A writer/artist/geek who is a regular contributor to the blogs Geekadelphia and The Quarter Bin. I also spend entirely too much time reading way too many comic books.
Years in Philly: My entire life
Current Home: The suburbs (their not as bad as you might think)
Favorite Spot: Race Street Pier Park (and environs)
Neighborhood: Old City
Address: Race Street and Columbus Boulevard/Delaware Avenue
I am: The Chief Cultural Office of the City of Philadelphia and Direct the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. I am grateful that my job allows me to support and celebrate the culture and creative energy that drives this City.
Years in Philly: Four (but I have a little bit of Philly roots in that my parents met here in the Fifties…)
Current Home: Bella Vista – Broad and Fitzwater
My Love Note: I would say that my new favorite spot is the Race Street Park. It is beautifully designed, peaceful, offers a fantastic Philadelphia cityscape view of the Delaware and the Ben Franklin Bridge, and provides inspiration for the further development of the Delaware waterfront. Approaching the park from Race Street, you also get to experience “Marquis,” a work of digital public art by Richard Torchia and Greenhouse Media that presents a live feed of a moving image of the surface of the Delaware River that is somewhat abstracted by the LED screen. Really cool!
AND, if that were not enough, across the street from the Race Street Park is the new headquarters of Live Arts/Philly Fringe, in a historic water pumping building. I feel like in this spot, at this point in time, the past, present and future of the City are all simultaneously evident, as well the integration of the arts and design into the urban environment.