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


Campus Philly Love Notes: “The Best Part of Wakin’ Up”

Editor’s note: The interns of Campus Philly share their most loved Philly spots and experiences as students in the City of Brotherly Love.

Cindy Stansbury, Temple University
Favorite Spot: Federal Donuts
Address: 1219 S 2nd St Philadelphia, PA 19147
Neighborhood: Pennsport

I am: A full time student at Temple University, intern at Campus Philly, and a consumer of all things delicious.
Years in Philly: Going on two in August
Current Home: North Philadelphia and South Jersey


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Love Note #162: Julie Slavet highlights the deliciousness of Meltkraft, Reading Terminal Market’s new addition

Julie Slavet
Favorite Spot: Meltkraft at the Reading Terminal Market
Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 51 North 12th Street, Philadelphia 19107

I am: Executive Director of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership. From Boston via a quick painful stop in Plano Texas. New empty-nester. Thankful to Philly for the wonderful environment in which my son and daughter grew up.
Years in Philly: 17
Current Home: Jenkintown


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Love Note #158: It took 158 love letters, but David Goodman has finally written one about cheesesteaks

David Goodman
Favorite Spot: Jim’s Steaks, South St.
Neighborhood: Center City/South Philly
Address: 400 South St.

I am: A writer/artist/geek who is a regular contributor to the blogs Geekadelphia and The Quarter Bin, as well as my own blog. I spend way to much time reading comic books and… well, that’s about it.
Years in Philly: My whole life
Current Home: The suburbs (don’t judge me)

(All photos by Krystal Barber from Mote Studios)


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Love Note #157: A joint love letter by Doug Moak and George Matysik to Pete’s Clown House

George Matysik and Doug Moak
Favorite Spot: Pete’s Clown House
Neighborhood: Frankford/Juniata
Address: 3878 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19124

George Matysik:
I am: A scrapple enthusiast born and raised in the Lower Northeast. Part of the Daily News People’s Editorial Board
Years in Philly: All of them!
Current Home: East Falls

Doug Moak:
I am: An accumulator of used books
Years in Philly: 11
Current Home: Graduate Hospital


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Love Note #146: If it weren’t for Resurrection Ale House, Jenny Choplin wouldn’t be a chef

Jenny Choplin
Favorite Spot: Resurrection Ale House
Address: 2425 Grays Ferry Avenue
Neighborhood: Gradate Hospital

I am: A chef, writer, singer and Mom to the sweetest rescue kitty ever.
Years in Philly: Twelve years in Philly but still a proud Jersey girl.
Current Home: South Philly


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Love Note #145: Tenaya Darlington’s love note to Wedge and Fig’s secret passage

Tenaya Darlington
Favorite Spot: The café garden behind Wedge & Fig
Neighborhood: Old City
Address: 160 N. 3rd Street

I am: Cheese blogger (a.k.a. Madame Fromage)
Years in Philly: 8 years, prior to that: Madison, Wisconsin
Current Home: Fishtown


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Love Note #137: Pasqually’s, where Laura Boyce and friends go to unwind after a long week of teaching

Laura Boyce
Favorite Spot: Pasqually’s
Neighborhood: West Philly
Address: 200 S. 43rd St. (43rd & Walnut)

I am: A high school English teacher, originally from North Carolina, with a love of cities, the outdoors, and music
Years in Philly: going on 6
Current Home: Graduate Hospital

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Campus Philly Love Notes: To The Dandelion

Editor’s note: The interns of Campus Philly share their most loved Philly spots and experiences as students in the City of Brotherly Love.

Magali Roman, Temple University 
Favorite Spot: The Dandelion
Neighborhood: Rittenhouse Square
Address: 124 South 18th Street

I am: A college student pursuing an English and History degree at Temple University. Slowly but steadily eating all of Philadelphia one piece of fish and chips at a time.
Years in Philly: 10
Current Home: The Main Line
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(photos by Magali Roman)

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SuperPlus Eats Philly “One Year of Being in Philly”

Superplus Eats Philly is a Philly-based food blog run by Tom and Holly. It’s got a lot of great recipes for seasonal, local cooking, and foodie related events around the city. They also wrote a one-year anniversary post, which, as you may have already guessed, shows their love for their new city.


But enough of that. This is a food blog!

As I mentioned, when I lived in Philly before, I lived in the Northeast section, which is about 10 miles from where we are now. When I did come into the city, I normally stayed more in the Center City area because of its proximity to the train home. I tried the best I could to avoid driving into the city.

Where we live now is in the Graduate Hospital (aka G-Ho) area, south and a bit west of Center City. It’s not an area I was all that familiar with before, so it has been a fun adventure exploring all the restaurants in the area. This part of town is really up-and-coming and new places are popping up all over the place.

Before I secured the apartment, I came by after work to check out the neighborhood. I hung out for a while at Pub & Kitchen which is a block away from our building. When I lived in Vegas (technically in Henderson, NV which abuts Vegas), I lived in a restaurant and bar dead zone. There was only one bar in walking distance and it was terrible, so I was beside myself at the thought of living so close to a pub with an excellent beer list and great food. It can get a little crowded and loud at night, but it’s become a nice spot for us for early dinners or afternoon drinks. It was the first place we went to when we needed a break on move in day.

On a subsequent visit to the neighborhood, I checked out Jet Wine Bar a few blocks away and instantly fell in love. Holly and I had some favorite wine places back west, and I loved the idea of having an excellent wine bar in walking distance. Again, coming from a place with zilch in walking distance, having anything decent nearby gave me a thrill. Jet tends toward unusual and adventurous wines and the list changes pretty frequently. It is unarguably one of our go-to spots.

I mentioned a couple of times how happy I was to find good places within walking distance. This is important because Holly and I decided to embrace our urban lifestyle and forego having cars. I think I can say it has been a rousing success. I always found having a car stressful, and given our eatin’ and drinkin’ lifestyle, it’s nice to be able to enjoy ourselves and not have to deal with driving.

So it’s been an exciting year of learning all about our neighborhood, and we couldn’t be happier with it. Onward to part 2!

To see the rest of this post and Part 2, and to read more about eating locally in Philly, check out their blog.

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Love Note #132: A romance set in the Italian Market, by Joy Manning

Joy Manning

Favorite spot: 9th Street (Italian Market) 
Neighborhood: Bella Visita
Address: The blocks of Ninth Street between South Street and Reed Street, in my book at least

I Am: Editor at Table Matters who hails from Mayfair but has put down roots for keeps in Passyunk Square


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