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

Queen Village

Love Note #291: The perfect love note for the close of summer

Emily
Favorite Spot: Bodine Community Garden
Neighborhood: Queen Village
Address: 914 South Bodine Street

I Am: A recent grad school grad & urban nature enthusiast
Years in Philly: almost 5!
Current Home: Grad Hospital

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Campus Philly Love Notes: Heaven in a Thrift Shop

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: Philly AIDS Thrift
Neighborhood: Queen Village
Address: 710 S.5th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

I am: A full time student at Temple University and a city explorer extraordinaire.
Years In Philly: One and a half years
Current Home: North Philadelphia and South Jersey

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Love Note #95: Amy Shelanski and her pup love roaming the grounds of Old Swede’s Church, and trust me, it’s beautiful

Amy Shelanski
Favorite Spot: Old Swede’s Church grounds
Neighborhood: Queen Village
Address: Water and Christian Streets


I am: A real estate agent who is also Exec. VP of Queen Village Neighbors Association. A woman with a dog who loves all dogs.
Years in Philly: My whole life
Current home: Queen Village

My love note: 

Dear Old Swede’s and National Park Service, 

My dog and I love having such a beautiful and historic park nearby. We love the trees, the strawberry patches and the mulberries in spring, the dogs playing in the snow in winter, the colors of fall and the wonderful scent of wild camomile. It is our little bit of country in the city.

Love,
Amy

(above photo by Amy) 

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Love Note #93: Tracy Levesque watches Philly in all its glory from her stoop in Queen Village

Tracy Levesque
Favorite Spot: The Stoop
Neighborhood: QSOX – Queen Village South of Christian (I’m trying to coin a new Neighborhood Acronym 🙂
Address: 900 Block of South Bodine Street


I am: Web designer, business owner, aspiring green real estate developer and ameteaur Ruin Pornographer.
Years in Philly: 24
Current Home: QSOX

(All photos by Tracy)


My love note: There are so many things I love about this City — Center City Pretzels, Belmont Plateau, The Whispering Benches near Memorial Hall — it was hard for me to pick one. I came to realize the thing that brings me the most day-to-day happiness is Philly’s stoop culture. I live on a little street connected to other little streets and hanging out on the stoop with neighbors is an almost daily occurrence in the warm weather months.

I’ve lived on my block for 13 years and I have sat on my next-door neighbor’s stoop and watched little kids grow into teenagers. I’ve watched the process of kids learning to yell “CAR!” when a car is coming and then teaching it to the little kids when they have grown up into big kids.

Nearly all of my neighbors know each other and we have spent countless hours talking, laughing, eating and drinking on the stoop. We’ve played Rock Band and watched movies and Phillies games projected onto a wall at night. We’ve wheeled out BBQs and pulled chairs into the street for spontaneous block parties. Last Halloween we cooked and handed out S’mores to trick-or-treaters. And for our 6 year old’s birthday we closed down the block and turned it into a homemade sprayground.

Recently me, the wife and the kid went on our first family vacation in years. The day after driving back from our roadtrip I hung out with neighbors on the Stoop and it felt like the best day of vacation. It made me realize how incredibly lucky we are to live on this great block in a great neighborhood in this town I absolutely love.






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Love Note #62: Headhouse Market in Society Hill tops LeeAnne Mullins’ list of simple pleasures

LeeAnne Mullins
Favorite Spot: Headhouse Market
Neighborhood: Society Hill
Address: South St & S 2nd St


I am: A recently married 30-year-old food-lover, who came to Philly by way of Nova Scotia, Canada. I love to cook, take in live music, explore the world, and share a bottle of wine and a barrel of laughs with friends. 
Years in Philly: 5
Current Home: Fishtown
My love note: Coming to Philly happened almost by accident. It was not in my master plan of travelling the world and never settling down, until I met someone who made sticking around seem worthwhile. We moved to Philly on a whim and decided to make a little life for ourselves here combined with the other essentials. In life, there is nothing more rewarding–besides love–than friendship and food. Headhouse Market symbolizes both of those to me. It was, again, almost by accident, that I made a friend who instantly became a favorite of mine who introduced me to two things: Headhouse Market and tomato sandwiches. 

All summer long now, I can’t have one without the other. Both are so simple yet so pleasurable, bringing a burst of joy into my day with anticipation and satisfaction. The tomato sandwich is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten in Philadelphia. And Headhouse Market is one of the best farmers’ markets we have in the city. It’s easy to combine them in my mind. I try to take advantage of the bounty of the market every week–especially the tomatoes–from the time it opens in the spring until closing in the fall. From the first sights of peas, asparagus and garlic scapes to the last dance with butternut squash and Brussels sprouts, the market is one of those simple places with the least simple offering of any “business” I have been to in the city.

The first time I went to Headhouse, I wondered to myself how I hadn’t been already. How was it possible that I had lived, cooked and dined in Philly for a few years without coming to this place filled with the most amazing variety of ingredients and goodies? I assure you, I am making up for lost time. I have some favorite vendors and some favorite items in general, of course. I run into friends I haven’t seen in a little while for a chat and a hug. I get to chat with the farmers about what’s good that week, while also chatting about anything else that comes up. I’ve yet to encounter an unfriendly soul at Headhouse. I find myself heading home with a smile and heavy bags filled to the brim with blueberries, raspberries, any and all squash, kale, asparagus, chicken sausage, eggs, herbs and greens stuffed alongside Three Springs peaches or apples, Market Day Canele pastry, Birchrun Hills cheese, and the to-die-for coffee from Philly Fair Trade Roasters.

Truly, though, I keep coming back for the tomatoes and bread. Some of the best food items I’ve ever eaten in Philadelphia have been concocted with Blooming Glen Farm tomatoes or Ric’s Bread. Or both. From their plump heirlooms to juicy sungold cherry tomatoes, Blooming Glen is hitting the spot with their tomatoes time after time. And Ric’s? What can I say? Your bread is so delicious, I would like to marry it if not for the legal issues. The aforementioned friend who introduced me to heirloom tomato sandwiches failed to tell me how intoxicating said sandwich would be when enjoyed with your 14 grain variety. My summertime tomato sandwich has, by this point, seen many iterations. With or without bacon. Sometimes the addition of a fried egg–with a runny yolk, of course. Maybe mayo. Maybe not. Dill? Sure! Basil? Absolutely. As long as those tomatoes are perched on top of that bread, glistening with the promise of being sweet, supple, delicious and simple, I’m a happy girl. With many simple pleasures to be thankful for, Headhouse is tops on my list.

(LeeAnne with Ben from Three Springs)

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Love Note #58: Sophia Hwang cheated a little bit and chose all of Queen Village. I don’t blame her though.

Sophia Hwang
Favorite Spot: Queen Village Neighborhood
Neighborhood: I’m cheating by having my favorite spot be a neighborhood
Address: Between South Street and Washington Ave, Front and 6th Street.

I am: New York born and raised, but came to Philly by accident after going to school in the Bay Area. I am a former teacher but everyday youth advocate. I conduct research that influences policy and practice. I am a board member of Young Involved Philadelphia. I am also a home cook and food hippie (open to interpretation).
Years in Philly: 4 years + 1 month.
Current Home: In transition

My love note:
An ode to Queen Village,

You are the oldest neighborhood in Philadelphia and therefore the keeper of the most treasurers. You are home to iconic “2 street,” speckled by stunning coffee shops (Bodhi, Fulya, Java) and protected by cobblestone cross streets that reveal the magic of Penn’s Landing- the same 2 street that brings Mummers and commoners together.

Though you are an obscure neighborhood to some and often mispronounced (QueenS Village), you are truly accessible. The mighty 57 bus holds steady and true, helping SEPTA keep its head up high when they say, “We’re Getting There.”

Queen Village, you are home to majestic puppies and humble owners, such as Connor, the purple doggie of Fitzwater street (may he rest in peace). Pugs named “Friendly” and “Shy” (as noted on their matching neckerchiefs) are lucky to call you home, as they romp and mosey leash-free, through Mario Lanza Park.

Queen Village, you are beautiful. Decorated by the unique fabrics along 4th street and the culinary treasures on Bainbridge (Phila Bar and Restaurant Supply, 4th Street Cookies, and Ela), the only accessories you need are those sold for $1 at Philly AIDS Thrift.

Queen Village, you have unlocked some of Philadelphia’s secrets and helped me to accept that this city is fantastic because it is unique and nonsensical. For two years, I was lucky to stumble through Center City streets and return to a place called home. You are #whyilovephilly. The toes of NY and SF are curling with jealousy.

Adoringly,
Sophie


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