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

Fishtown

Love Note #287: Another Texan dreaming of Philly

Barry Laskowski
Favorite Spot: Old City and Fishtown

I Am: A student from the NJ side
Years in Philly: lifer
Current Home: El Paso, TX

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Love Note #280: Beer and pretzels as big as your head

Michaele-Lynne Jacot
Favorite Spot: Frankford Hall
Neighborhood: Fishtown
Address: 1210 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

I Am: Living in Rochester, but missing my favorite City!
Years in Philly: 3
Current Home: Rochester, NY

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Love Note #249: The rabbit hole I love to call El Camino

Melissa Alam
Favorite Spot: El Camino Real
Neighborhood: Fishtown
Address: 1040 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

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Love Note #175: Darla Jackson loves Greensgrow, a little farm in a big city

Darla Jackson
Favorite Spot: Greensgrow Farm
Neighborhood: Kensington
Address: 2501 E. Cumberland St. Phila, PA 19125

I am: a sculptor/Owner of the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym
Years in Philly: 9 years
Current Home: Fishtown

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Love Note #139: Jill Betters takes a bike ride up Belgrade

Jill Betters
Favorite Spot: Biking up Belgrade Street
Neighborhood: Fishtown

I am: An adopted Philadelphian in love with the Riverwards. After two years spent primarily making nonsense in Fishtown Neighbors Association, I’m drinking a beer trying to figure out what to do next.
Years in Philly: About 10 in Philly and the burbs
Current Home: Fishtown

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(Please note that the photos don’t accurately reflect the love letter. More will be taken in the summer, and the piece will be re-posted)

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Love Note #138: Nikki Volpicelli, on meeting her future ex-husband at the El Bar

Nikki Volpicelli
Favorite Spot: The El Bar – KFN block
Neighborhood: Fishtown, USA
Address: 1356 North Front Street,

I am: Nikki Volpicelli, Editor of the Philly Music Showcase, freelance music writer, night timer
Years in Philly: 6+
Current Home: Fishtown

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From the Archives: Love Your Park Week with Sandy Salzman (Penn Treaty Park)

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

Sandy Salzman
Favorite Spot: Penn Treaty Park
Neighborhood: Delaware Riverfront
Address: Delaware and Columbia Avenues

I am: Lifelong resident and Executive Director for New Kensington Community Development Corporation.
Years in Philly: My whole life!
Current Home: Fishtown

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Love Note #54: Sandy Salzman writes a love note about people working together to get things done (Penn Treaty Park in Fishtown)

Sandy Salzman
Favorite Spot: Penn Treaty Park
Neighborhood: Delaware Riverfront
Address: Delaware and Columbia Avenues

I am: Lifelong resident and Executive Director for New Kensington Community Development Corporation.
Years in Philly: My whole life!
Current Home: Fishtown

My love note: This is a “love note” about people working together to get things done. Penn Treaty Park, as it stands today, is a beloved community asset where people can enjoy the riverfront whether it’s a peaceful morning jog or live music and fireworks on a summer night. It’s home to annual festivals like RiverCity and Shadfest, with special events like outdoor movies and family game nights as well.

But the park wouldn’t be what it is today without hard work and dedication over more than 60 years. At that time, the park wasn’t yet recognized for its historic significance. Through the years, those who held the park dear would work tirelessly to raise awareness.

Today there are still individuals who take a special interest in the park, and there is an organized Friends of Penn Treaty Park and also a Penn Treaty Museum. The Historic Commission recently added the park to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. Neighbors and visitors alike treasure the park as a connection to the river and to the city’s history.

This is a love note about pulling together. It’s about change that takes decades. And it’s about all of those people who work hard for what they believe in, even when the “thank you”s don’t come as often as maybe they should.

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Love Note #19: Penn Treaty Park

Alex B.

Favorite Spot: Penn Treaty Park
Neighborhood: Fishtown
Address: 1199 N Delaware Ave


I am: A city lover and a nature lover
Years in Philly: 5
Current Home: 10th and Pine


My love note: As if in fear of being lapped up by the million tongues of the mighty Delaware, Philadelphia keeps its rivers at bay.  Stone walls rise from the rivers and old piers decay, severed from the city bustle by our local stretch of the Eisenhower interstate highway system.  But a little notch of green in Fishtown cuts through these defenses, where a smokestack giant lumbers upriver and a casino sprawls across its parking lot blanket downriver.  You may notice as you walk towards the river at Penn Treaty Park that nothing stops you from walking on, as you head down onto the riprap, till the water laps your feet.  Sit there at sunset or after the sun has fallen below the horizon, and it’s another world completely.  The sounds and smells of the river seem oceanic.  The slow boats, the trees on Pettys Island, the lights on the graceful Ben Franklin Bridge, and a wide expanse of the night sky… it’s a place to be swept away by greater forces.

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Love Note #15: Reach Sporting Goods Factory

Christopher Wink (technicallyphilly.com, technicallymedia.com)

Favorite spot: Reach Sporting Goods Factory

Neighborhood: Fishtown
Address: 1701-1707 Tulip Street, 1721-1731 Tulip Street, 1714-1718 Memphis Street

I am: Co-founder of local technology news site Technically Philly
Years in Philly: First came in summer 2004 for Temple University, became permanent resident summer 2006.
Current Home:  Fishtown

My love note: I love Fishtown because its roots are coiled and twisted and immovable. I have owned my home for not quite three years and have only been living in Philadelphia since 2004. For my neighbors who talk about their time in Fishtown through generations, my months status is paltry. When I ride my bicycle or walk past the Reach factory on Palmer Street, across a parking lot from the swanky Memphis Flats, I am reminded of what is great, a rootedness that is also facing a kind of experiment of change, of trying to have new blood and old families coexist and make a better home together. I am excited to be a part of that.


(Top photo by Chris Wink)

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