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

Pennypack Park

A Gastronomic Love Notes Tour of the Riverwards and the Great Northeast

The Great Northeast and the Riverwards are a huge section of the city full of distinct neighborhoods, great food, and expanses of parks.

1. Pre-breakfast in the Port Richmond Polish District (submitted by Jonathan Levin)

Start your day off right with donuts, specifically, plum jelly-filled Paczki from Krakus Market, a Polish market in Port Richmond which also contains within its walls the delicious Staropolska restaurant.

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Love Note #108: Brian Shumsky loves the great Northeast

Brian Shumsky
Favorite Spot: Northeast Philly

I am: Jewish (non-practicing), biker and member of the Bicycle Club of Philadelphia, Phillies fan, active member of the Northeast community. I hope my love letter will inspire everyone in Philadelphia and outside Philly to have a much appreciation of our city’s culture & history like myself.
Years in Philly: I am a born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia (25 years)
Current Home: Fox Chase

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(all photos via NEast Philly, Ryerss Museum above, photo by G.E. Reutter)

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Love Your Park Week: From the Archives with Shannon McDonald (Pennypack Park)

From the Editor: This week Philly Love Notes is teaming up with the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation in honor of Love Your Park Day, being held this Saturday, November 17th. We’ll be posting some of our favorite Fairmount Park Love Notes all week in celebration, and remember, if you’ve got some kind words to say about your favorite park, please send them along to phillylovenotes@gmail.com

Shannon McDonald
Favorite Spot: Pennypack Park
Neighborhood: Winchester Park and Holmesburg
Address: Near Cresco and Welsh Rds.

I am: A journalist from Northeast Philly with an appreciation for all neighborhoods.
Years in Philly: All of ’em
Current Home: Holme Circle

 
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Love Notes Top Five

This week Philly Love Notes is teaming up with the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation in honor of Love Your Park Day, being held this Saturday, November 17th. We’ll be posting some of our favorite Fairmount Park Love Notes all week in celebration, and remember, if you’ve got some kind words to say about your favorite park, please send them along to phillylovenotes@gmail.com

Top Five Fairmount Park Spots (in no particular order):


1. Sedgley Woods and Disc Golf Course (Love Note #44 from Chip Chantry)

2. Pennypack Park in Fox Chase (Love Note #67 from Jill Sybesma)

3. FDR Skate Park (Love Note #70 from Hilary Malson)

4. Penn Treaty Park (Love Note #19 from Alex Bomstein)


5. Clark Park (Love Note #37 from Andrew Levitt)



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Love Note #67: Jill Sybesma loves a particular shady hilltop in Pennypack Park in Fox Chase

Jill Sybesma

Favorite Spot: a shaded hilltop in Pennypack Park in Fox Chase
Neighborhood: Fox Chase
Address: Pennypack Park

I am: Part city chick, part burb girl, and major geek at the Academy of Natural Sciences trying to bring in more geeks
Years in Philly: Born and raised in Montgomery County just a block from the Philly county line
Current Home: Fox Chase section of Philly

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Love Note #18: If you’re looking for Shannon McDonald, you can find her at Pennypack Park

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Favorite Spot: Pennypack Park
Neighborhood: Winchester Park and Holmesburg
Address: Near Cresco and Welsh Rds.

I am: A journalist from Northeast Philly with an appreciation for all neighborhoods.
Years in Philly: All of ’em
Current Home: Holme Circle

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