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 #17: Capitolo Community Garden and Paolone Park

Leigh Goldenberg and Aaron Bauman

Favorite Spot: Capitolo Community Garden and Paolone Park
Neighborhood: E. Passyunk/South Philly
Address: Capitolo Community Garden — 10th and Federal; Paolone Park — between Sears and Medina/7th and 8th. 

We are: Bike Commuters, Phillies Season Ticket Holders. 
Leigh: Theatre Administrator, Food Co-Op volunteer, Lover of Coincidences 
Aaron: Website Guy, Homebrewer, Ultimate Frisbee Player


Years in Philly: 5 together as homeowners, plus Leigh’s 18 years in the burbs conveniently situated near a regional rail station
Current Home: We call our block Franklin Heights. Our civic association is Passyunk Square

My love note: 

Dear South Philly,
You are better known for your cheesesteaks and every-man-for-himself parking wars than for aesthetically pleasing greenery. But we’ve found those trees and places to plant. In the Capitolo Community Garden, we’ve grown enough red peppers to season our pasta for years, pounds of asparagus, fistfuls of arugula, oodles of herbs. We’ve met neighbors that represent all the types of people that make South Philly home – long-time residents, new families, English/Spanish/Chinese/Japanese speakers. 


Often on our way to and from home, we pass Paolone Park. We never call this park by its name, but rather “Park Block,” a little haven of community two blocks from our house. We covet their barbecues with inflatable pools and live music, and sneak a walk past the landscaped greenery whenever we have spare time or babysit someone’s dog.


Love,

Leigh and Aaron

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Love Note #16: Local 44

Daniel Ueda
Favorite spot: Local 44
Neighborhood: West Philly
Address: 4333 Spruce Street 

I am: A physics teacher at Central High School, a robotics coach, and a traveler. 
Years in Philly: 4 years
Current Home:  West Philadelphia 

My love note: I left NYC 4 years ago because there is a pervasive competition of who can be more cool in what they’re doing and where they are. Local 44 is the antithesis of that concept; there, cool is being yourself. While Philly has plenty of places for the hipsters, elites, geeks, artists, grad students, punks, regular Joes, and sports fans, there are very few places where they can all come together and be whomever they are with pride. Local 44 is a home for everybody. 


They have a rotating selection of 20 beers on tap but won’t judge you if you don’t know what a saison is. They have solid food that ranges from hot wings to seitan reuben sandwiches. Their bartenders and waitresses are some of the most honest and friendly the city has to offer. It’s a place where you can sit down at the bar and enjoy a few by yourself, or go on a date, or take a group and do the best quizzo in the city on sunday nights. Say hi to Nate, Cas, and Jen while you’re there, and stop in the Local 44 Bottle Shop on your way out.


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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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Love Note #14: South Street Bridge

Emma
My love note: I was pissed when they removed the first South Street Bridge, thus altering my bike route to work. And then…and then when I saw the new one I was ok with those two years of detours. It is an absolute pleasure to bike to and from work with that spectacular view. Every day and every hour is different. Sometimes it’s just so pretty I pull my bike over and lean over the railings and just watch my city



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Love Note #13: Mugshots

Chaucee Stillman (aka: streetsandstripes.com)
Favorite Spot: Mugshots
Neighborhood: Fairmount
Address: 2106 Fairmount Ave 

I am: A recent university grad spending my time nannying two wonderful boys and photographing couples in love on the weekends (aka, weddings!) I’m a blogger by day, photographer by trade, and I love to travel.

Years in Philly: 4.5 years

Current Home:  Fairmount

My love note: Mugshots, you’re a doll. Your chai lattes (either iced or hot) are the perfect afternoon pickmeup. Hours of editing photos have been spent in your booths, and your bagels are too delicious to part with. Your afternoons may be a bit packed with little hipsters, but we can work around that. Cheers to good conversations, morning mochas, and neighborhood charm.

(Photos taken by Chaucee)

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Love Note #12: Strawberry Mansion Bridge and Trail

Ryan Callahan
Favorite spot: Strawberry Mansion Bridge to Belmont Plateau in Fairmount Park
Neighborhood: Fairmount Park
Address: No address

I am: a runner, a plane nerd, and online marketing manager at Philadelphia Runner
Years in Philly: 2
Current Home:  Fairmount

My love note:  My favorite spot in Philadelphia is this inconspicuous trail just west of the Strawberry Mansion Bridge. There is no better way for me to unwind after a long day than with an evening run, right before sunset, over the Strawberry Mansion Bridge and into the woods of Fairmount Park. As you go further down the trail the car noise subsides and you can forget that you are surrounded by the sixth largest city in the country on all sides. It’s a surreal experience that is unmatched by any other urban park in the country. To me, it’s a hidden gem in a city with many of them.

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Love Note #11: Jonathan Levin’s love note to Port Richmond’s Polish restaurants

Jonathan Levin
Favorite Spot: Syrenka and Staropolska
Neighborhood: Port Richmond
Address: 3173 Richmond St and 3150 Richmond St

I am: music, food, hiking enthusiast
Years in Philly: 1.5
Current Home: West Philadelphia
 
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Love Note #10: Albert Fried-Cassorla loves the Water Works at sunset

Albert Fried-Cassorla
Favorite spot: Outside deck of the Water Works Restaurant
Neighborhood: Art Museum District
Address: 640 Waterworks Dr

I am: An English teacher, playwright, husband and father.
Years in Philly: 37
Current Home:  Melrose Park, PA

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Love Note #9: Rittenhouse Square

Eric Smith

Favorite Spot: Rittenhouse Square Park
Neighborhood: Rittenhouse
Address: 18th and Walnut

I am: Full time publishing geek, part-time local blogger and English professor, aspiring author.
Years in Philly: 5 years, the first three of which were spent in various neighborhoods (West Philly, Chinatown, Queen Village).
Current Home: Rittenhouse

My Love Note: There are a lot of lovely parks in Philadelphia, and plenty of others within walking distance right in Center City. Washington Square, Fitler Square, Independence Square… there sure are a lot of squares, but only one has managed to capture my heart. Rittenhouse Square.


It’s a love affair that, no matter how times I find myself hurt, I always come running back. The beautiful trees, the lovely people walking adorable dogs, and the farmers market on Saturdays? I adore it.

Rittenhouse Square could try to break up with me and convince me not to stay, possibly while treating me to gelato from the Capogiro nearby, and I simply wouldn’t listen.

Rittenhouse Square: Well, what about that time a homeless man snatched that book out of your hand, babbling nonsense about how he was Jesus and wrote the novel you were reading?

Eric: How could I stay mad at you? It’s okay.

Rittenhouse Square: Or when the Rittenhouse hawk pooped on you. Remember how traumatizing that was? What were the chances?! It was everywhere Eric. Everywhere.

Eric: These things happen. I still love you.

Rittenhouse Square: How about that time I—

Eric: Let’s not do this sweetheart. Come on, I bought us sandwiches from DiBrunos.  


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Love Note #8: Morgan’s Pier

Allison Stadd
Favorite (New) Spot: Morgan’s Pier
Neighborhood: Delaware River Waterfront/Penn’s Landing
Address: 221 N. Columbus Boulevard


I am: the editor of uwishunu.com, jazz drummer, word nerd, granola addict
Years in Philly: 7
Current home: Midtown Village

My love note: Morgan’s Pier is the perfect new summer bar in Philadelphia. The setting is perfect with the fresh river breeze and view of the soaring Ben Franklin Bridge, far enough from the hustle of the city to feel like you’re on a mini vacation; the setup is perfect with casual picnic benches and umbrellas on a boardwalk-like deck; the drinks are perfect, with a huge local craft beer list and really tasty cocktails made from scratch; the food is beyond perfect, from pro David Katz of Meme – who else would dream up “snack bacon,” caramelized bacon you chew on like jerky? One of my favorite things about Philly is that it’s a city of neighborhoods, and each feels so different. Morgan’s Pier turns Penn’s Landing into a neighborhood unto itself, one that I kind of never want to leave…



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