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

Delaware River

My Annual Philly Love Note 2015 Edition

Emma Fried-Cassorla
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)

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Love Note #233: Patience learned by working for the Central Delaware River Waterfront

Karen Thompson
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

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Love Note #227: Stay Wild Washington Avenue Green

Noelle Egan
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

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Love Note #219: Shining a little positivity on the Duck Boats

Rachel Buttner
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

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#whyilovephilly Summer Party Coming June 26

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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 BlueTicketLeapEnterprise Car ShareSixers Cave, NextFabP’unk Ave, and Little Baby’s Ice Cream

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Love Note #192 John Fazio’s daily reminder at Penn’s Landing

John Fazio
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

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Love Note #189: The Tugboat Jupiter, a true Philadelphian

Ralph Onesti
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

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More love letters from the kids of the Urban Blazers

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.

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Love Note #117: Look at your town in a whole new light as you drive over the Walt Whitman Bridge (by David Goodman)

David Goodman
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)

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Love Note #72: Race Street Pier, the past, present and future of the City (Gary Steuer)

Gary Steuer
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.

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