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 #270: Possibly the best museum in Philly

Matt Shantz
Favorite Spot: The Wagner Free Institute of Science
Neighborhood: North Philly
Address: 1700 W Montgomery Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19121

I Am: A college student with a love of history

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Love Note #269: What’s your neighborhood soul mate?

Michelle Cryder
Favorite Spot: West Philly

I Am: A copywriter, blogger, food nerd, book hoarder, and all-around geek.
Years in Philly: 7
Current Home: Cedar Park

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Love Note #268: The pilgrimage to West Philly

Joanna Leigh Simon
Favorite Spot: Dahlak
Neighborhood: West Philly
Address: 4708 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143

I Am: Creative director for Philly-based video production company Skout Media. Grew up just outside Philly, then left for a whole, and now I’m back!
Years in Philly: 10 years growing up outside the city, 5 years living downtown
Current Home: Fishtown

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Love Note #267: Skyline porn at its finest

Michael Kissinger
Favorite Spot: Philly skyline views

Years in Philly: I lived in the city for 5 years, Drexel Grad. Worked there for an additional 4 years.
Current Home: Wayne, PA. So now I miss the sunsets!

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Love Note #266: To be wrapped in the gritty arms of Philadelphia

Liz Sytsma
Favorite Spot: Mt. Airy Village
Neighborhood: Mt. Airy
Address: Greene Street & Carpenter Lane

I Am: A weaver/knitter/crocheter, flower-obsessed gardener, cook and eater, wife and pet mama, and the Associate Director at CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia.
Years in Philly: 3
Current Home: Mt. Airy

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Love Note #265: The refuge of Philly’s music scene

Sean Mellody
Favorite Spot: Philly’s Music Scene

I Am: A corporate guy by day; homebrewer, concert goer and Philly adventurer at night
Years in Philly: 18 years in burbs, then the rest in various neighborhoods
Current Home: Queen Village

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Love Note #264: The City of Love

Gayle Morrow
Favorite Spot: OMG, seriously? The whole place! Little Pete’s if I have to choose one.

I Am: A transplant who has lived in seven states, don’t remember how many cities, and 2 other countries. Now desparately in love in Philly.
Years in Philly: 9 years total
Current Home: Graduate Hospital

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Love Note #263: A home may change, but the Green Line Cafe remains

J.
Favorite Spot: Green Line Cafe
Neighborhood: West Philly
Address: 4239 Baltimore Ave.

I am: a friend, a sister, a daughter, a strong voice with a soft heart, a philanthropist, a pharmacist, a romantic, a hiker, a cross fitter, and a shopper.
Years in Philly: 10
Current Home: Graduate Hospital

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Love Note #262: A sense of wonder in a square

Samantha Brumbaugh
Favorite Spot: Rittenhouse Square
Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 18th and Walnut

I Am: A frequent visitor from the suburbs of Southern New Jersey with a newfound love for city life

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Love Note #261: A cave from William Penn’s time

Julie Stapleton Carroll
Favorite Spot: Hermit’s Cave
Neighborhood: Mt. Airy/Chestnut Hill

I Am: A mom and wife, passionate about my community, history and quality education, and run a small non-profit
Years in Philly: 19
Current Home: Germantown

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