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 #219: Shining a little positivity on the Duck Boats

Rachel Buttner
Favorite Place: Anywhere there’s something interesting to see or do (though this love note is to Ride the Ducks)
Address: Launch point — Race Street and Columbus Blvd
Neighborhood: Delaware River/Old City

I Am: A writer and photographer for Daily Vacationer, a website devoted to discovering fantastic places and events in Greater Philadelphia. Wife, mother, pet owner, eternal tourist.
Years in Philly: 8 years in the Philly area
Current Home: Southern New Jersey

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Love Note #218: Bell’s Market in the Northeast is the heaven of pastries

Sarah Ricks
Favorite Spot: Bell’s Market
Neighborhood: Northeast
Address: 8330 Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19152

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 #217 Everything one could desire at the Schuylkill Banks

Nanci George
Favorite Spot: Schuylkill Banks (behind the Art Museum)
Neighborhood: Art Museum

I Am: A nurse and yoga teacher who loves Philly’s fountains, sculptures, and murals. For more of Nanci’s writing, see Benches Where Angels Sit
Years in Philly: 10
Current Home: Wynnefield Heights, West Philly

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Love Note #216: Are we all a little too hard on Manayunk?

Tara Lane
Favorite Spot: Manayunk (specifically, along the SRT where the canal meets the Schuylkill)
Neighborhood: Manayunk

I am: a transplant from Upstate New York, a runner, always listening to music, a fan of any kind of dance party, and completely enamored with Philadelphia.
Years in Philly: 4
Current Home: Manayunk

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Love Note #215: Tis the season for biking in Philly

Josh and Philly Bike Tour Co. are joining the #whyilovephilly Summer Party team, and have created a special bike tour just for the occasion. This 2.5 mile, one-hour BYOB(bike) tour highlights over 300 years of Philly’s history and culture, starting in Rittenhouse Square Park and ending at Spruce Street Harbor Park, just in time for the #whyilovephilly party! For full details, and to sign up, visit the Philly Bike Tour Co. website.

Josh Rothstein
Favorite Spot: Biking in Philly
Neighborhood: All over

I am: A teacher. A cyclist. A tour guide for Philly Bike Tours. A lover of all things Philly. A soon-to-be husband (now husband). A dog owner.
Years in Philly: 29 years in and around Philly; 12 years proper.
Current Home: Fairmount

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Love Note #214: One block, two homes

Molly Fischman
Favorite Spot: The 2100 Block of Mt. Vernon Street
Neighborhood: Fairmount
Address: 21st and Mt. Vernon

I Am: A nanny, wanderer, and future grad student/ speech pathologist
Years in Philly: ~21
Current Home: Fairmount

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Love Note #213: A Love Note to the Love Letters

Sunny Morgan
Favorite Spot: Market Frankford Line

I Am: A High School Student
Years in Philly: 17 Years. (All my life.)
Current Home: West Philly

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Two Year Blog Anniversary and CONTEST

PHILLY LOVE NOTES ANNIVERSARY CONTEST: Enter to win a giant one-of-a-kind Philly papercut

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Philly Papercut (BEFORE)

Philly Love Notes started two years ago today with my first love note to Hardena in South Philadelphia. From there it’s grown to 212 love notes, two #whyilovephilly parties with another on the way (June 26th!) and two #whyilovephilly Valentines Day Twitter campaigns. Running the blog has allowed me to meet amazing Philadelphians, has changed my perspective on the city, and has given me a chance to share a little Philly-love with a lot of people.

To celebrate the 2 year birthday (of my baby — on Mother’s Day no less), I’m organizing a Philly Love Notes contest.

If you follow my Twitter, Instagram or Facebook feeds, you’ve probably seen the large Philly papercut I’ve been working on in addition to the smaller custom ones. You can win the papercut by submitting a love note either through the blog, or sending it directly to me via email. Read more

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Love Note #212: Come back William, Philly misses you

William Hao-Wei Yang
Favorite Spot: South Street and Penn’s Landing
Neighborhood: Delaware River Waterfront and South Philly

I Am: A freelance photographer/writer currently missing Philly from across the Pacific
Years in Philly: 2
Current Home: Outside of Philly

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Love Note #211: Dorrie Dillalogue’s 10 mile love note to Broad Street

Dorrie Dillalogue
Favorite Spot: Too many to mention but my favorite right now is Broad Street

I Am: A worker bee by day and an appreciator of all things Philly (food, beer, music and beyond) on nights and weekends
Years in Philly: 34 years in and around Philly
Current Home: The Burbs

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