MAPS FOR SALE!

PRE-ORDER MAPS GO ON SALE TODAY In an effort to raise money to support the blog, I'm selling papercut and woodcut maps of Philadelphia. All of these maps are based off of a 3'x4' Philly map that I handcut during a brief stint of insanity. In an effort to make these cuts as authentic as possible, I learned how to use the lasercutter at NextFab and will be creating them all myself. I'm taking pre-orders in order to raise the funds needed for materials and Read more

The Divine Lorraine is the Grand Dame of Philly

Laura Warnecke Favorite Spot: Divine Lorraine Neighborhood: North Philly Address: 699 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 I Am: A lover of Philadelphia's rich history Years in Philly: 17 Current Home: South Philly (LoMo) My Love Note Dear Divine Lorraine, You have an incredible and timeless beauty. You brighten my day every time I see you. The city of Philadelphia would not be the same without you. You were the first fully integrated hotel. You were a beacon of hope to so many, and you continue to be. Read more

The Map Project

If you've been following along on Instagram, you've probably seen the woodcut and papercut maps I've been making both by hand and on the lasercutter at NextFab (which is like a playground for makers). For the last two and a half years, I've been conflicted about how to maintain Philly Love Notes. People have suggested doing Kickstarter, accepting ads or sponsored posts, or adding a "DONATE" button to the site, but I'm concerned that this would detract from the blog itself, Read more

Devil’s Pool

Love Note #68: Vincent Alleva Jr. — Some beers, his dog, and Devil’s Pool in Wissahickon Park

Vincent Alleva Jr.
Favorite Spot: The Wissahickon Creek and Devil’s Pool
Neighborhood: Northwest – Valley Green which is situated between Roxborough, Chestnut Hill, West Mt. Airy and Germantown

I am: A third generation Philadelphian. I live, work, and play in Philly. I have lived in many neighborhoods in the city including Kingsessing, Parkside, Fairmont, Lower Moyamensing, and Pennsport. I blog about the South Philadelphia community on a facebook group page called South Silly. I’ve worked for the Painters and allied trades union of Philadelphia for 8 years. I currently work at the Barbary in Fishtown. On my spare time I enjoy spinning music, riding my bike throughout the city and walking my dog to the plethora of parks in and around my neighborhood.
Years in Philly: On and of for 14 years.
Current Home: Pennsport

My love note: In ’93 my family moved out of Southwest Philly to South Jersey where I grew up, in the suburbs. That gave me the opportunity to become a boy scout and spend plenty of time camping and playing in the woods. As I grew older, the allure of moving back to the city became a daily commute. 

Upon moving my adult self back to the city, I longed for the hot summer days spent in the woods by creeks and rivers. To me, there is nothing like getting the dog ready, filling a backpack with some beers, and heading to the woods with some buddies to go cliff jumping and swimming in the Wissahickon. Relaxing, fun, and adventurous. 

Meeting other people out there and watching dare devils doing back flips some 15-20 feet above the water with perfect execution and thundering splash is most definitely entertaining. Catch it during the week when its not so busy with a few close friends and you’ll have yourself a wonderful time. The surroundings can almost bring you back in time. This is why I love the Wissahickon Creek and Devils Pool.
(Top and third photo by Vincent)
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