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

ex-pat files

Love Note #208: An ex-pat’s fond memories of the Italian Market

Brandon Gollotti (ex-pat files)
Favorite Spot: Italian Market
Neighborhood: South Philly
Address: 9th St between Washington and Christian

I Am: Philly native stuck in Brooklyn
Years in Philly: 25
Current Home: Park Slope, Brooklyn

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Love Note #167: Surbhi Puri’s ode to the Philly Food Scene

Surbhi Puri (ex-pat files)
Favorite Place: Philadelphia’s food scene

I am: A life sciences consultant currently in Boston. I went to UPenn for my undergrad and grad education. Philly will always be the wonderful city where I found myself.
Years in Philly: August 2002 to August 2011
Current Home: Boston

(photos taken by the ladies at Philly-ism and by Jason Varney. If this post doesn’t make you hungry,
these photos and their website certainly will)

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Steve Grantz writes a love letter to a Philly-based past time, the Pimple Ball

Editors Note: This love note strays a bit from the norm. It is not an ode to a place or an event, but rather to a Philly-specific  . The pimple ball was popular in two cities — Philadelphia and Boston. The writer grew up in S. Philly, went to Central High School and UPENN, and has since moved on to Baltimore. Rather than choosing a particular place, he wrote this love letter to his childhood game.    

Steve Grantz (Ex-pat files)
I Am: A Philly native living in Baltimore, which has similarities, but plenty of differences.
Current Home: Baltimore (Roland Park)
Years in Philly: Ages 0-21

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(photo from Collectors Weekly)

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Love Note #52: Nick Goldberg proudly wears his “Nick’s #1” t-shirt (as in Nick’s Roast Beef)

Nick Goldberg (ex-pat files)
Favorite spot: Nick’s Roast Beef
Neighborhood: Northeast
Address: 2212 Cottman Ave.

I am: getting a Ph.D. in and teaching philosophy
Years in Philly: 18
Current Home: Baltimore, Maryland

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Love Note #28: David Whelan (and kids) love the sandwiches at Shanks on the Delaware River

David Whelan (ex-pat files)

Favorite Spot: Shank’s Original Pier 40
Neighborhood: Queen Village
Address: Follow Christian Street east all the way to Columbus B
lvd. It’s across the street on the water. 901 S. Columbus Boulevard

I am: Married with two kids
Years in Philly: 4
Current home: I own a house in Queen Village, but live in Iowa

My love note: I enjoy going for walks during my lunch hour. I try to find lunch spots where I can sit outside and get some sun in addition to a good sandwich. Shank’s opened up a couple years ago. The restaurant itself is a shack sitting out by the pier. You order from a window and they call your name over an intercom when it’s ready. I enjoy sitting at the red metal picnic tables outside and watching the water. You can see some coast guard boats parked next to the pier and various ships going by on the Delaware. Sometimes there are a few old guys fishing. I doubt they catch much. The water is pretty murky. I would recommend most of the sandwiches. The eggplant parm is definitely my favorite. My kids enjoy the meatball sub.

(photos by David Whelan)



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Love Note #7: Center City Pretzel Company

Ben Cassorla (ex-pat files)
Favorite Spot: Center City Pretzel Company
Neighborhood: Italian Market
Address: 816 Washington Ave

I am: guitarist, brother 
Years in Philly: solidly on till I was 18, now fleetingly (and usually in the wee hours)
Current home: Los Angeles


My love note: Center City Pretzels is where a piece of my childhood was baked. They’re only open from midnight–noon, the pretzels you buy are literally coming right off the conveyor belt (its a factory) for maximum heat and goodness, and they’re just 35 cents. Perfect for the wee hours of the night or morning.


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