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

Penn’s Landing

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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Summer #whyilovephilly Party

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Have you heard the news about the new Spruce Street Harbor Park pop-up coming to the Delaware River Waterfront? Well this summer’s #whyilovephilly Party is going to be its preview party (it’s convenient when you both run Philly Love Notes and work for the waterfront).

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, think of the Penn’s Landing Marina (where the tall ships are) transformed with hammocks everywhere, mist walks, an urban beach and boardwalk, and best of all, floating barges, gardens and nets that suspend you over the water. Oh yeah, there will also be a bar and restaurant, so you can do this all with a drink and food in hand. Need more info, check out Zagat Philly, Foobooz or the Inquirer for details.

AND….. it’s also going to be the album release show for Ron Gallo, with the Lawsuits and Up the Chain. So save June 26th, time TBA, for what will hopefully be one of the best parties of the summer. And if you’re interested in contributing in some way because you want to show your love for Philly, hit me up at phillylovenotes@gmail.com.

What: #whyilovephilly Party Summer Edition

When: Thursday, June 26, 2014

Where: The new Spruce Street Harbor Park at Spruce and Columbus Blvd. 

Why: Because we all have to show Philly some love

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How do we get the waterfront Philly deserves?

Even before becoming the communications manager for the Delaware River Waterfront Corp (DRWC) I had a mild fixation with waterfronts and ships. I wrote my thesis on the Philadelphia port’s fumigation policies so that I could get close to the big cranes and watch the boats being unloaded. Since starting my job, I’ve become hyperaware of how cities use their waterfront. I spent this past weekend in New York City. On Sunday, we strolled through Brooklyn Bridge Park, the promenade, ate at Smorgasberg, and then took the East River Ferry from the park to 34th Street in Manhattan. I was blown away by the park: it’s amenities and uses, the number of people visiting, and the small touches that made it seem so special.

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Last week, DRWC unveiled the preliminary design plans for a new Penn’s Landing Park. The timeline is long, and the money needed is enormous, but god do I hope that we can pull it off. Brooklyn Bridge Park was perfectly New York, and I would like to imagine that the future Penn’s Landing will be perfectly Philadelphia. How great would it be to walk down Market Street and finally see a waterfront worthy of our history and great city. A girl can dream (and be part of the organization that would build it), right?

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Love Note #192 John Fazio’s daily reminder at Penn’s Landing

John Fazio
Favorite Spot: The old ship-cleats on the dock at Penn’s Landing. When you walk down the concrete “deck” of penn’s landing there are these massive ship cleats sunken into the deck with ledge seating around it.
Neighborhood: Penn’s landing
Address: Columbus Blvd. and Market Sts

I am: A software engineer from northern liberties with an appreciation for our waterways.
Years in Philly: 7 years down-town, my whole life in the NE burbs
Current Home: Northern Liberties

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Love Note #189: The Tugboat Jupiter, a true Philadelphian

Ralph Onesti
Favorite Spot: Tug Jupiter
Neighborhood: The Waterfront at Penns Landing
Address: Market Street at Delaware Avenue (NOT Columbus Blvd…I won’t give that up!)

I am: A piano rebuilder, technician and teacher. I have a shop in Delaware County. I taught Advanced Coastal Navigation among other courses for the US. Coast Guard Auxiliary and hold a 100 Ton Masters License. I was born in South Philadelphia (sout filly) on Mole & Dickenson just across the street from the famous Strolli’s bar in the building that housed the family pastry shop, and have a house on the 3100 block of S. Juniper.
Current Home: South Philly

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Love Note #179: How a concert at Penn’s Landing changed Lawrence Christian Clarke’s life

Lawrence Christian Clarke
Favorite Place: So many to choose from… Headhouse Square, Sister Cities Park, Race Street Pier, Penn’s Landing, Franklin Square

I am: Someone who loves & appreciates The City of Brotherly Love

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Love Note #8: Morgan’s Pier

Allison Stadd
Favorite (New) Spot: Morgan’s Pier
Neighborhood: Delaware River Waterfront/Penn’s Landing
Address: 221 N. Columbus Boulevard


I am: the editor of uwishunu.com, jazz drummer, word nerd, granola addict
Years in Philly: 7
Current home: Midtown Village

My love note: Morgan’s Pier is the perfect new summer bar in Philadelphia. The setting is perfect with the fresh river breeze and view of the soaring Ben Franklin Bridge, far enough from the hustle of the city to feel like you’re on a mini vacation; the setup is perfect with casual picnic benches and umbrellas on a boardwalk-like deck; the drinks are perfect, with a huge local craft beer list and really tasty cocktails made from scratch; the food is beyond perfect, from pro David Katz of Meme – who else would dream up “snack bacon,” caramelized bacon you chew on like jerky? One of my favorite things about Philly is that it’s a city of neighborhoods, and each feels so different. Morgan’s Pier turns Penn’s Landing into a neighborhood unto itself, one that I kind of never want to leave…



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Love Note #2: The Race Street Pier, waterfront beauty in an industrial setting

Emma Fried-Cassorla
Favorite Spot: Race Street Pier
Neighborhood: Penn’s Landing
Address: Race St and N Columbus Blvd

I am: a scientist, student, foodie
Years in Philly: Off and on for 29. Almost 30. Getting old.
Current home: South Philly, the promised land of pho and Mexican food

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