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

Old City

Love Note #287: Another Texan dreaming of Philly

Barry Laskowski
Favorite Spot: Old City and Fishtown

I Am: A student from the NJ side
Years in Philly: lifer
Current Home: El Paso, TX

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Love Note #255: The call of Philadelphia

Conley Easter
Favorite Philly Spot: Christ Church
Neighborhood: Old City
Address: 20 N American St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

I Am: A Southeastern transplant and tour guide at Christ Church
Years in Philly: 1 and a half
Current Home: Manayunk

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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 #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 #229: Lou Perseghin on the unadultered joys of biking the 5th Street tunnel

Lou Perseghin
Favorite Spot: 5th Street bike tunnel
Neighborhood: Old City
Address: 5th Street between Arch and Race

I Am: Into ads, dogs, cycling and my ladyfriend Gwen
Years in Philly: 9 (nonconsecutive- I moved back in ’10)
Current Home: Point Breeze

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Love Note #201: Martin Brown on his first Philadelphia crush

Martin Brown
Favorite Spot: Painted Bride Art Center
Neighborhood: Old City
Address: 230 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

I am: Maryland native musician turned ice cream maker
Years in Philly: 13
Current Home: South Philly

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Nissa Gowat Neighborhood Guide Old City

OLD CITY TOUR GUIDE
Nissa Gowat
I am: An interior designer, artist, lover of Philadelphia, and ever in the pursuit of happiness.
Years in Philly: 6
Current Home: Old City

Nissa's Old City Tour

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Love Note #178: A gluten-free Philadelphian finds some love at Zahav’s Kitchen Counter

Nicole Fiamingo
Favorite Spot: Zahav’s Kitchen Counter
Neighborhood: Society Hill
Address: 237 St James Place, Philadelphia, PA 19106

I am: A gluten free foodie that is living life day by day
Years in Philly: 1 1/2 years
Current Home: Wayne, PA

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(Zahav photos from Philly-ism, one of my favorite Philly blogs)

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Love Note #173: Do you ever stop and think about the history of Philadelphia?

Michelle Ottey
Favorite Spot: Independence Hall
Address: 5th and Chestnut
Neighborhood: Old City/Historic District

I am: A lifelong Philly girl
Years in Philly: 27
Current Home: Washington Square

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Love Note #163: Michelle Chikaonda finds peacefulness in a beautiful walk along Pine Street

Michelle Chikaonda
Neighborhood: Italian Market, Old City
Favorite Spot: The walk from the Italian Market to Old City, via Pine Street

I am: A writer from many places who somehow keeps coming back to Philly
Years in Philly: Born here; went to college here; moved back two years ago
Current Home: Old City

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