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

Fairmount Park

Love Note #292: A city laid bare

Alon Abramson
Favorite Spot: Belmont Plateau
Neighborhood: Fairmount Park West
Address: 2000 Belmont Mansion Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19131

I Am: All about ways to create more livable and equitable cities. I’ve expressed this passion by starting a running club, getting involved in local non-profits and trying to promote a sustainable future in Philadelphia.
Years in Philly: 8
Current Home: Cedar Park

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Love Note #278: Have you found the Tree of Concern?

Steve Perzan
Favorite Spot: Stone hidden behind the Please Touch Museum
Neighborhood: West Philly
Address: 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131

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Love Note #275: A little French in Philly

Michael Dwyer
Favorite Spot: Chamounix Fields in Fairmount Park
Neighborhood: West Philly
Address: Chamounix Dr & Ford Road

I Am: A professor of Media and Communication at Arcadia University and defensive center mid for FC Chamounix
Years in Philly: 4
Current Home: Mt Airy/Chestnut Hill

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Love Note #261: A cave from William Penn’s time

Julie Stapleton Carroll
Favorite Spot: Hermit’s Cave
Neighborhood: Mt. Airy/Chestnut Hill

I Am: A mom and wife, passionate about my community, history and quality education, and run a small non-profit
Years in Philly: 19
Current Home: Germantown

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Love Note #228: Kat Zagaria’s oasis in the trees

Kat Zagaria
Favorite Spot: The Pavilion in the Trees by Martin Puryear
Neighborhood: Fairmount Park
Address: It’s hard to find, but it’s close to the Japanese Tea House

I Am: A museum professional from Fairmount who loves animals and Philadelphia
Years in Philly: 3
Current Home: Fairmount

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Love Note #202 The best stretch of land in the City of Philadelphia

Chris Robinson
Favorite Spot: Belmont Plateau
Neighborhood: Fairmount Park, West Philly
Address: Montgomery Drive, Philadelphia, Pa 19131

I am: A drummer from West Philadelphia with a passion for photographing Philadelphia’s architecture and raising awareness of the area’s importance through Instagram (@cbeatz852).
Years in Philly: I’ve spent all my life in Philly. 28 years to be exact.
Current Home: I currently live on the border of West Philly, in Upper Darby.

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Love Note #198: Lauren and Cory Popp’s history lesson and love note to Wissahickon Park

Lauren Popp
Favorite Spot: Wissahickon Valley Park
Neighborhood: Wissahickon/Germantown/Roxborough

I am: a newlywed, Temple-grad, who works at Tree House Books
Years in Philly: 6.5
Current Home: South Philadelphia

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The best last line of any love note, from Tyahmiya of the Urban Blazers

Tyahmiya Age:11
Favorite Spot: The green lady’s house
Neighborhood: Strawberry Mansion
Location: Fairmount Park, Boxers’ Trail

I am: A girl and a book lover; student at St. James School in North Philly and an Urban Blazer

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Love Note #150: Eric Dolaway has fallen in love with the Boxers’ Trail in Fairmount Park

Eric Dolaway
Favorite Spot: The Boxers’ Trail
Neighborhood: Strawberry Mansion
Address: East Fairmount Park

I am: Small town kid, Philadelphia transplant by way of Baltimore, MD and Brooklyn, NY; Executive Director of Urban Blazers; semi-professional rock skipper. I run a non-profit organization that took a thousand kids hiking in 2012.
Years in Philly: 7
Current Home: Brewerytown

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Love Your Park Week: From the Archives with Stephen Zook (Lemon Hill)

Editors Note: This week Philly Love Notes is teaming up with the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation in honor of Love Your Park Day, being held this Saturday, November 17th. We’ll be posting some of our favorite Fairmount Park Love Notes all week in celebration, and remember, if you’ve got some kind words to say about your favorite park, please send them along to phillylovenotes@gmail.com

Stephen Zook
Favorite Spot: Lemon Hill
Neighborhood: Fairmount / Fairmount Park
Address: Lemon Hill Drive

I am: A twenty-something transplant who lives and works in Philly.
Years in Philly: 6
Current Home: Fairmount

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