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 #289: More skyline porn

Jonah Martinson
Favorite Philly Place: South Street Bridge from Graduate Hospital to University City.
Neighborhood: Spanning Graduate Hospital and University City

I Am: A social media Community Manager for a local advertising agency who loves displaying the City of Brotherly Love on social.
Years in Philly: 3
Current Home: Society Hill

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Love Note #272: Dear Philly, will you be mine?

Kristin Dudley
Favorite Spot: Though not the subject of this note, Amrita Yoga and the Race Street Pier
Neighborhood: Fishtown for Amrita, the Delaware River Waterfront for the Race Street Pier
Address: 1204 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125 and Race St. and Columbus Blvd.

I Am: The Talent Marketing Manager at Comcast with a background in design and entrepreneurship.
Years in Philly: 12 in city, 18 in burbs
Current Home: Graduate Hospital

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Love Note #264: The City of Love

Gayle Morrow
Favorite Spot: OMG, seriously? The whole place! Little Pete’s if I have to choose one.

I Am: A transplant who has lived in seven states, don’t remember how many cities, and 2 other countries. Now desparately in love in Philly.
Years in Philly: 9 years total
Current Home: Graduate Hospital

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Love Note #245: If I’m ever lost and I can make it back to Broad, I know where I am

Editor’s Note: This post features photos by the amazing @cbeatz, who takes some of my favorite skyline photos, and who introduced me to the Belmont Plateau. Check out Chris’ full feed on Instagram.

Amanda
Favorite Spot: Anywhere along the way

I Am: Politically incorrect, morally corrupt, and cynically optimistic, but always stopping to appreciate the moment
Years in Philly: 10

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Love Note #243: There is no such thing as the “perfect” place

Editor’s Note: This post features photos by the amazing @stanleyphoto, who somehow manages to capture scenes in ways that I didn’t know were possible. Check out Matt’s full feed on Instagram.

Liz Pagonis
Favorite Spot: All of Philly

I am: a former social worker currently living in South Philly who has lived in other Philly neighborhoods
Years in Philly: almost 11
Current Home: Pennsport

@stanleyphoto8

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Love Note #232: I’m in love with Philly too!

Amelia Diaz
Favorite Spot: All of Philly

I Am: Amelia. A native Honduran. A lover of the outdoors, ethnic foods, sports, and creative minds.
Years in Philly: 5 months
Current Home: Old City.

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MAPS FOR SALE!

PRE-ORDER MAPS GO ON SALE TODAY

In an effort to raise money to support the blog, I’m selling papercut and woodcut maps of Philadelphia. All of these maps are based off of a 3’x4′ Philly map that I handcut during a brief stint of insanity. In an effort to make these cuts as authentic as possible, I learned how to use the lasercutter at NextFab and will be creating them all myself.

I’m taking pre-orders in order to raise the funds needed for materials and laser time. I can also only create a limited number between now and December 20, which is the date all cuts will be shipped by (in time for the holidays).

Custom cuts are created based off of an address provided by the buyer. An icon, such as a heart, can be cut at that location. Neighborhood cuts are currently available for Center City, Fishtown and South Philly. All maps can be purchased via Etsy

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at phillylovenotes@gmail.com

Custom-Woodcut

$150, 8×10 Custom Woodcut on 1/8″ Baltic Birch

Custom-Papercut

$125, 8×10 Custom Papercut on White Acid-Free Paper

Center-City-Woodcut

$100, 8×10 Center City Woodcut on 1/8″ Baltic Birch

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$100, 8×10 Fishtown Woodcut on 1/8″ Baltic Birch

South-Philly-Woodcut

$100, 8×10 South Philly Woodcut on 1/8″ Baltic Birch

Papercuts are also available of the neighborhoods above for $75/each. Photos to come.

THANKS FOR SUPPORTING THE BLOG!

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Love Note #226: The 1:24AM love note to Philadelphia

Christian Monroe
Favorite Spot: Philadelphia, from the Divine Lorraine to Pennsport

I Am: Chris Monroe
Years in Philly: 4
Current Home (neighborhood): Passyunk Square, South Philly.

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Philly Love Note #224: Philly, a Little Misunderstood

Joe S.
Favorite Spot: Kelly Drive and Rittenhouse

I Am: A reverse commuter
Current Home: NoLibs

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Two Year Blog Anniversary and CONTEST

PHILLY LOVE NOTES ANNIVERSARY CONTEST: Enter to win a giant one-of-a-kind Philly papercut

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Philly Papercut (BEFORE)

Philly Love Notes started two years ago today with my first love note to Hardena in South Philadelphia. From there it’s grown to 212 love notes, two #whyilovephilly parties with another on the way (June 26th!) and two #whyilovephilly Valentines Day Twitter campaigns. Running the blog has allowed me to meet amazing Philadelphians, has changed my perspective on the city, and has given me a chance to share a little Philly-love with a lot of people.

To celebrate the 2 year birthday (of my baby — on Mother’s Day no less), I’m organizing a Philly Love Notes contest.

If you follow my Twitter, Instagram or Facebook feeds, you’ve probably seen the large Philly papercut I’ve been working on in addition to the smaller custom ones. You can win the papercut by submitting a love note either through the blog, or sending it directly to me via email. Read more

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