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

New Jersey

The classic Philly tradition: the Jersey shore

It feels like most people who were born in Philly and the suburbs spent at least a day each summer at the Jersey shore. There are the outliers who made their way down to the beaches of Delaware or Maryland, but it seems like Jersey was the primary destination. And they weren’t just trips to a random beach. Most people have “their” beach. Ours was Ocean City — a week in one of the small motels, days at the beach or Gillian’s Water Park (which I only just recently discovered was not Gilligan’s as I had been pronouncing all these years), and nights walking along the boardwalk eating Johnson’s popcorn and going on the Tilt-A-Whirl at Wonderland Pier.

As I’ve gotten older, the family beach vacations have become more infrequent and we’ve broadened our horizons. My Philly tradition may have changed slightly, but a summer would not be complete without the beach. What’s your tradition? What’s your beach?

Memorial Day Weekend Trip to Wildwood, NJ

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