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

My Annual Philly Love Note 2015 Edition

Emma Fried-Cassorla
Favorite Place: Delaware River Waterfront (but I’m biased)

I am: A lover of the waterfront, blogger, Philly-girl, twin, friend, giver of good gifts, closeted romantic, biker.
Years in Philly: 32 minus 5
Current Home: S. Philly (even farther South than last year)

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Love Note #238: The Art Museum steps bring out the tourist in a Philadelphian

Sunny Morgan
Favorite Spot: Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Neighborhood: Art Museum
Address: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130

I Am: High School senior with a passion for writing and other artsy things
Years in Philly: 17 (all my life)
Current Home: West Philly

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Love Note #237: Home is at the Spiral Bookcase

Dana Dabek
Favorite Spot: The Spiral Bookcase
Address: 112 Cotton Street, Philadelphia, PA 19127
Neighborhood: Manayunk

I Am: A nonprofit fundraiser/activist making a life in Manayunk.
Years in Philly: 2
Current Home: Manayunk

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Love Note #: 236 A house is not a home unless you live on Judson Street

Rachel Isenberg
Favorite Spot: Judson Street between Aspen and Brown
Neighborhood: Fairmount

I Am: A neighbor, friend, tennis coach, mentor, language instructor, life adventurer. No order – all in one 🙂
Years in Philly: 6
Current neighborhood: Fairmount

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Love Note #235: How to turn a country girl into a city girl

Lindsay V.
Favorite Spot/Neighborhood/Address: Old City

I Am: a part time student, full time employee.
Years in Philly: 3
Current Home: Havertown, PA

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Love Note #234: A reminder that every day is a chance to enjoy the hell out of life

Mike Jackson
Favorite Spot: Not really a spot. Even better. The Phillie Phanatic

I Am: alrightmike.com
Years in Philly: I’ve lived in Philadelphia since 2009 (but was here for college, and my family is from Mayfair)
Current Home: Fairmount

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Love Note #233: Patience learned by working for the Central Delaware River Waterfront

Karen Thompson
Favorite Spot: The Delaware River, but particularly the Wood Street steps as a reminder of the past and Race Street Pier as an example of the future
Neighborhood: Delaware River Waterfront

I am: a Texan who found herself head over heels in love with Philadelphia, and an urban planner working on the Central Delaware River.
Years in Philly: a little more than 5

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Love Note #232: I’m in love with Philly too!

Amelia Diaz
Favorite Spot: All of Philly

I Am: Amelia. A native Honduran. A lover of the outdoors, ethnic foods, sports, and creative minds.
Years in Philly: 5 months
Current Home: Old City.

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Love Note #231: LOVE Park, finally

Thomas Dixon
Favorite Spot: LOVE Park
Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 1599 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19103

I am: Curious while cautious, I’m eager to do all I reasonably should to understand the world around me, others, and myself.
Current Home: Fishtown
Years in Philly: Born and raised here in Philly, I’m now thirty-years-old.

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Love Note #230: The Divine Lorraine is the Grand Dame of Philly

Laura Warnecke
Favorite Spot: Divine Lorraine
Neighborhood: North Philly
Address: 699 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

I Am: A lover of Philadelphia’s rich history
Years in Philly: 17
Current Home: South Philly (LoMo)

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