Philly Love Notes Gift Guide

Hello friends and Philly-lovers, Time for the first Philly Love Letters Gift Guide! With some help from you, I put together a completely non-comprehensive list of amazing things being done right here in the city (or right outside). This only scratches the surface of the cool stuff being made here. There are always tons of great markets and small businesses to support (like Amalgam Comics, Philadelphia Independents, Yowie, and Omoi Zakka). And of course, one of the best gifts of all -- donating money, time, Read more

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

E. Passyunk

Love Note #174: Philadelphia as the setting for change, by Colleen T. Reese

Colleen T. Reese
Favorite Spot: 11th Street

I am: A publishing and bourbon junkie, Geekadelphian and a lover of books.
Years in Philly: 4
Current Home: East Passyunk

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Love Note #147: A love story by Jackie Chipotle featuring the Passyunk Fountain

Jackie Chipotle
Favorite Spot: Passyunk Fountain
Neighborhood: E. Passyunk
Address: Intersection of Passyunk Ave and Tasker Street

I am: Central PA transplant, travel guru, and comedienne. Sex & Relationships expert on The Pincushion Podcast
Years in Philly: 2 In the City, 5 in the ‘burbs.
Current Home: Newbold/Bella Vista

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Love Note #40: Christine Knapp loves the community created around the Singing Fountain on Passyunk Square

Christine Knapp
Favorite Spot: Singing Fountain 

Neighborhood: E. Passyunk Square
Address: East Passyunk Ave. and Tasker St

I am: A 33-year old native New Yorker, been living in Philadelphia for 12 years. I work at the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub, a U.S. Department of Energy project at the Navy Yard. I am the immediate past President of the Passyunk Square Civic Association, where I’ve served for the last 5 years. 
Years in Philly: 12
Current Home: Passyunk Square, the area between Washington Ave. and Tasker St. between 6th and Broad streets, home to Pat’s and Geno’s, the Lower Italian Market, and the vibrant East Passyunk Avenue business corridor. 

My love note: One of my favorite places (so many to choose from!) in Philadelphia is the Singing Fountain at East Passyunk Ave. and Tasker St. The triangle of land is created by the diagonal East Passyunk running through 11th St and Tasker St. It once housed a gas station, and then sat vacant for years until being renovated as a public space. Last year, the Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation gave the Fountain a major face-lift, removing the fencing, adding benches and a chess table, and planting trees and greenery.

At any given time, you’ll find people hanging out at the Fountain, listening to the music (not just Sinatra anymore!), eating gelato from Capogiro, watching kids stamp through the puddles, playing a game of chess, or dining at one of the restaurants that add outdoor seating at the Fountain on busy nights. Farmer’s markets are held there every Wednesday throughout the warm-weather months, and musical acts often perform during “Second Saturdays” and other festivals throughout the year.

The Fountain brings the neighborhood together, provides a public space for relaxation, people-watching and general enjoyment. It’s a true Philadelphia gem!

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Love Note #17: Capitolo Community Garden and Paolone Park

Leigh Goldenberg and Aaron Bauman

Favorite Spot: Capitolo Community Garden and Paolone Park
Neighborhood: E. Passyunk/South Philly
Address: Capitolo Community Garden — 10th and Federal; Paolone Park — between Sears and Medina/7th and 8th. 

We are: Bike Commuters, Phillies Season Ticket Holders. 
Leigh: Theatre Administrator, Food Co-Op volunteer, Lover of Coincidences 
Aaron: Website Guy, Homebrewer, Ultimate Frisbee Player


Years in Philly: 5 together as homeowners, plus Leigh’s 18 years in the burbs conveniently situated near a regional rail station
Current Home: We call our block Franklin Heights. Our civic association is Passyunk Square

My love note: 

Dear South Philly,
You are better known for your cheesesteaks and every-man-for-himself parking wars than for aesthetically pleasing greenery. But we’ve found those trees and places to plant. In the Capitolo Community Garden, we’ve grown enough red peppers to season our pasta for years, pounds of asparagus, fistfuls of arugula, oodles of herbs. We’ve met neighbors that represent all the types of people that make South Philly home – long-time residents, new families, English/Spanish/Chinese/Japanese speakers. 


Often on our way to and from home, we pass Paolone Park. We never call this park by its name, but rather “Park Block,” a little haven of community two blocks from our house. We covet their barbecues with inflatable pools and live music, and sneak a walk past the landscaped greenery whenever we have spare time or babysit someone’s dog.


Love,

Leigh and Aaron

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