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

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Love Note #227: Stay Wild Washington Avenue Green

Noelle Egan
Favorite Spot: Washington Avenue Green
Neighborhood: Delaware River Waterfront/Pennsport
Address: Washington Ave and Columbus Blvd.

I Am: A librarian who loves to take advantage of all the culture and nature that Philly offers.
Years in Philly: 15
Current Home: Queen Village

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Love Note #187: Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey on falling in love with Dickinson Square Park

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey
Favorite Spot: Dickinson Square Park
Address: 4th and Tasker
Neighborhood: Pennsport

I am:  A strategic consultant handling media and analyst relations.  I have acted and directed professionally.  I grew up on the Mexican border and order tacos frequently to keep my Spanish in check.  I have an MFA in creative writing and need to do more with it.  I am a compulsive animal rescuer.  I love live performance of just about every type but often leave angry at myself for quitting dance or piano lessons.  I love being outside but sunburn too easily.  I spend too much time staring at my iPhone.  I love eating—my own cooking or someone else’s—and I’m guilty of copy-editing menus.  I dance in my kitchen, alone or with my husband, who puts up with me for reasons I still don’t understand.  I am an extrovert except for when I’m not; I love sleeping but I’m an insomniac.  I hate writing bios.
Years in Philly: Eleven as of next month
Current Home: Pennsport

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Campus Philly Love Notes: “The Best Part of Wakin’ Up”

Editor’s note: The interns of Campus Philly share their most loved Philly spots and experiences as students in the City of Brotherly Love.

Cindy Stansbury, Temple University
Favorite Spot: Federal Donuts
Address: 1219 S 2nd St Philadelphia, PA 19147
Neighborhood: Pennsport

I am: A full time student at Temple University, intern at Campus Philly, and a consumer of all things delicious.
Years in Philly: Going on two in August
Current Home: North Philadelphia and South Jersey

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Love Note #148: The blog comes full circle as Jen Killius writes a love note to Johnny Goodtimes’ Quizzo at the Ugly American

Jen Killius
Favorite spot: Ugly American
Neighborhood: Pennsport
Address: 1100 South Front Street, 19147

I am: A Health Policy Research Analyst by day, and an avid reader, drinker, runner and crossfitter by night.
Years in Philly: 1.5
Current Home: Queen Village

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Love Note #78: Though it might be a little cold now, Trey Popp and his kids love Herron Park Sprayground in Pennsport

Trey Popp
Favorite Spot: Herron Park Sprayground
Neighborhood: Pennsport
Address: 2nd & Reed St.


I am: A father of two rough-and-tumble boys who need a break from the summer heat.
Years in Philly: 8
Current Home: West Philly

My love note: Herron Park isn’t the prettiest park, or the fanciest, or the one with the best playground equipment–and it certainly isn’t the most conveniently located one for us. But the sprayground side springs to life come summer, and it attracts parents and children from seemingly every walk of Philadelphia life. Well-to-do or not, black or white or brown, decked out in SPF-guard swimwear or just old T-shirts, everyone gets drenched together without regard to any of those differences. Every time we go, it strikes me as a place where the true Philadelphia puts its best foot forward. There’s a selection effect–every parent there has made a decision to devote time purely for their kids’ fun–but it’s open to everyone who likes the idea of good, clean, free, self-directed entertainment. I wish winter would never come.

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Love Note #77: Biking Oregon Ave at Midnight (Albert Yee)

Albert Yee
Favorite Spot: Oregon Ave at midnight, on a bike
Address: Oregon Ave between Columbus Blvd and 25th St
Neighborhood: South Philly

I am: I take pics
Years in Philly: 8
Current Home: Italian Market

My love note: I like to bike in town. It’s a great biking town. I liked it before there were bike lanes and I’m happy that more people have discovered biking since. But it gets congested in town and the drivers are fucking crazy whether they be locals, SEPTA drivers or visitors unaccustomed to driving with 1.5 million people around (many of which are on two wheels). While I do get around town a lot on two wheels during daylight hours, Philly shines after dark. 


I like to take long bike rides, over 15 miles, through town after midnight. I put on a bright shirt and make sure my blinker has a nice charge for the hour-plus ride. Recently I’ve discovered the joy that is Oregon Ave at night. It’s a six mile loop from Columbus Blvd to 25 St. East of Broad St, and it’s fairly newly paved which is wonderful. West of Broad St isn’t the worst street in town, but it’s far from the best. There are few cars on the road to deal with so I can pedal hard for a couple loops in peace. I like to finish up my rides with a trip up to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a nice view. There’s always a little crowd of people there with the same idea after midnight. The sprint from the Museum to City Hall is quick and fun, but the calming Oregon Ave loop is grand.

(photo by Damon Landry)
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Federal Donuts

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My favorite Sunday morning routine is sitting at the kitchen table with the NYTimes (sorry Inquirer), tea and Federal Donuts. Unfortunately, this never happens because of the following internal debate…

“Ok, you can only get one donut, and you have to bring it home so you can eat it while reading the paper”
“Fine, two donuts, but you’d better get on your bike with them”
“Did you really need to sit and eat one of them?”
“I know it was amazing, but you can get home while the other one is still hot and sit at the table and enjoy it.”
“Really, you can’t even get to your bike without eating the other?”
“No, you cannot go back and get more for your “roommate””
“Damnit”


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