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

Love Notes

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 #279: An ode to Philly’s piano bars

Clint Randall
Favorite Spot: Sunday evening at 1 Tippling Place
Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 2006 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

I Am: A product of a Fitler Square childhood, former city employee, occasional tour guide, avid coffee drinker, and karaoke fiend.
Years in Philly: About 24 of the nearly 31 I’ve lived so far
Current Home: Fishtown

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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 #277: A stink to love

Heather Calvert
Favorite Spot: Too many to pick one, but for this love note, Philly’s Ginkgo Trees

I Am: A freelance writer, nonprofit professional, wife/mom/friend/daughter/voter, public school parent, lover of Philly
Years in Philly: 22
Current Home: Cedar Park, West Philadelphia

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Love Note #276: Remember the fountain that froze?

Bert Archer
Favorite Spot: Swann Memorial Fountain
Neighborhood: Center City
Address: Logan Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103

I Am: A filmmaker who used to be a mechanical engineer who once tried to be a comedian.
Years in Philly: 7 in Northern Liberties; 5 at Drexel U
Current Home: Las Vegas NV

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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 #274: The love story of a river and a trail

Joe S.
Favorite Spot: Kelly Drive
Neighborhood: Art Museum

I am: a transplanted suburbanite
Years in Philly: 4
Current Home: Northern Liberties

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Love Note #273: It’s the murals that get you

Hayden
Favorite Spot: Philly’s murals
Neighborhood/Address: All over

I Am: A transplanted Delawarean who really likes Philadelphia
Years in Philly: 0
Current Home: Just outside D.C.

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Love Note #272: Dear Philly, will you be mine?

Kristin Dudley
Favorite Spot: Though not the subject of this note, Amrita Yoga and the Race Street Pier
Neighborhood: Fishtown for Amrita, the Delaware River Waterfront for the Race Street Pier
Address: 1204 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125 and Race St. and Columbus Blvd.

I Am: The Talent Marketing Manager at Comcast with a background in design and entrepreneurship.
Years in Philly: 12 in city, 18 in burbs
Current Home: Graduate Hospital

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Love Note #271: Do you know the only park in Philadelphia owned and operated by the neighborhood?

Kenny Grono
Favorite Spot: Liberty Lands
Neighborhood: Northern Liberties
Address: 926 N American St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

I Am: Owner of a small remodeling company who lives in Northern Liberties with my wife, daughter, dog and two cats.
Years in Philly: 15
Current Home: Northern Liberties

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