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

Giving back this year

[UPDATE: We raised $4725 dollars!!] Now more than ever, I feel a need to give back to my community, so I'll be donating ALL of the profits from map sales from now (4:39PM on November 23) through 11:59PM, November 29. It's an opportunity to buy a holiday gift and give back to some great Philadelphia non-profits (see the Philly Love Notes Etsy shop for more details). Your purchase of a custom Philly map will be a donation to the following organizations: Sunday Breakfast Read more

With all my love

Emma Fried-Cassorla Favorite Spot: Anywhere along the Delaware River Waterfront (but I'm biased) I Am: A Philly lover and resident, Montana lover and former resident, twin, Philly Love Notes, Communications Manager for the Delaware River Waterfront, hiker, climber, traveler, papercutter, iPhone addict, handwritten note taker, Crohn’s patient, scientist, lover of the Race Street Pier and slippers and family Years in Philly: Off and on for 33 (I was 30 when I started!) Current home: A studio loft in Callowhill with my lovely boyfriend Read more

Love Notes

Love Note #210: The struggle to love Philadelphia

This love note was originally published in the Philadelphia Daily News. It has been slightly edited to fit the Philly Love Notes blog.

Helen Ubinas
Favorite Spot: Art Museum steps
Neighborhood: Art Museum
Address: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130

I am: A columnist at the Daily News
Years in Philly: 2
Current neighborhood: Chestnut Hill


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Love Note #209 Inspiration found on the Ben Franklin Parkway at Moore College

Amanda White
Favorite Spot: Moore College (more specifically the Youth Programs)
Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 1916 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

I am: A yoga loving program coordinator who is inspired by all things art related.
Years in Philly: Two blissful years spent at Moore College
Current Home: I consider myself to be an honorary Philadelphian! I commute from Jersey to lovely Philly every day!


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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 #207 Love for an Avenue and the community around it

Rick Fitzgerald
Favorite Place: Where do I start? Today, the Singing Fountain.
Neighborhood: E. Passyunk
Address: Passyunk Ave and 11th St

I am: A UPenn administrator
Years in Philly: 5
Current Home: East Passyunk


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Love Note #206: Where it all started

Liz Spikol
Favorite Spot: Graffiti Pier
Neighborhood: Port Richmond

I am: A writer and editor
Years in Philly: Born and raised
Current Home: Cedar Park


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Love Note #205: The Mutter Museum as Philly’s go-to destination

James Cutler
Favorite Spot: Mutter Museum
Neighborhood: Logan Square
Address: 19 S 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

I am: A realtor doing my best to sell people on staying in Philly forever
Years in Philly: 23 (minus 4 years of college)
Current Home: Northern Liberties


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Love Note #204: My Annual Philly Love Note

Emma Fried-Cassorla
Favorite Place: Philadelphia, all of it

I am: The communications manager at the Delaware River Waterfront Corp, blogger, Philly-girl, twin, friend, giver of good gifts, closeted romantic, biker, and a little lost.
Years in Philly: 31 minus 5
Current Home: S. Philly

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Love Note #203: An Appreciation of Laurel Hill Cemetery

Sarah Ricks
Favorite Spot: Laurel Hill Cemetery
Neighborhood: East Falls. 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132.

I am: A law professor and lifelong travel junkie, with a special love for exploring cities.
Years in Philly: 24
Current Home: West Mt. Airy, Philadelphia.


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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 #201: Martin Brown on his first Philadelphia crush

Martin Brown
Favorite Spot: Painted Bride Art Center
Neighborhood: Old City
Address: 230 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

I am: Maryland native musician turned ice cream maker
Years in Philly: 13
Current Home: South Philly

Martin Brown Painted Bride 4b

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