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

Pete’s Clown House

The Origin Story of Pete’s Clown House

Last March, I published a love note from George Matysik and Doug Moak to Pete’s Clown House in the Frankford/Juniata section of Philly (I’m not choosing one, as tensions about neighborhood boundaries run way too high up there). Though George and Doug couldn’t make it that day, I asked around on Twitter and managed to round up three friends for a breakfast feast. And I do mean feast. We had four He-Man platters, which basically means we had everything, all for about six bucks each. To this day, Pete’s Clown House remains one of those gems that I take friends to who’ve had it with the lines at Sabrina’s or Honey’s.

To my surprise, after publishing the note, I got some emails from some of the descendants of the owners. As far as I can piece together, Sam McKay opened up a restaurant there called Chatterbox in the 50s. He and his family lived above the store (as people continue to do today). In the 60s, the store changed hands to Pete, his wife Helen, and their 3 daughters. Pete’s loyal customers knew his love for clowns, and gave him pictures to decorate with. Today, a neon clown sign hangs in the main dining area. Ronnie (a long time  employee) took ownership of the restaurant after Pete, and the legacy lives on at 3878 Frankford Avenue. Read more

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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 #157: A joint love letter by Doug Moak and George Matysik to Pete’s Clown House

George Matysik and Doug Moak
Favorite Spot: Pete’s Clown House
Neighborhood: Frankford/Juniata
Address: 3878 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19124

George Matysik:
I am: A scrapple enthusiast born and raised in the Lower Northeast. Part of the Daily News People’s Editorial Board
Years in Philly: All of them!
Current Home: East Falls

Doug Moak:
I am: An accumulator of used books
Years in Philly: 11
Current Home: Graduate Hospital

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