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

Rittenhouse Square

Love Note #286: A park that tugs at the heart

Nicholas Malfitano
Favorite Spot: Rittenhouse Square
Neighborhood: Center City
Address: South 18th & Walnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19103

I Am: A Jersey Shore native, an adopted son of Philly, a legal journalist, photographer, eternal optimist, karaoke enthusiast and avid runner.
Years in Philly: Still working on Year 1 of my residence, as I first moved here last September. But to me, this beautiful city already feels like home.
Current Home: East Falls

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Love Note #262: A sense of wonder in a square

Samantha Brumbaugh
Favorite Spot: Rittenhouse Square
Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 18th and Walnut

I Am: A frequent visitor from the suburbs of Southern New Jersey with a newfound love for city life

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Campus Philly Love Notes: Rittenhouse Square Park

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

Yara Jishi, Bryn Mawr College
Favorite Spot: Rittenhouse Square Park
Neighborhood: Rittenhouse Square
Address: 18th & Walnut

I am: A college student pursuing an English and Creative Writing degree at Bryn Mawr College
Years in Philly: 3
Current Home: Haddonfield, New Jersey

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Love Note #112: The best block in the city? 18th Street near Rittenhouse according to David Neff

David Neff
Favorite Spot: 18th Street in Center City
Neighborhood: Rittenhouse
Address: 18th Street, between Chestnut & Rittenhouse

I am: David Neff, President of Neff Associates and a huge fan of all things Philadelphia has to offer!
Years in Philly: Life long resident
Current home: Rittenhouse

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Love Note #111: Marisa McClellan, cookbook author and canning guru, loves Sue’s Produce off Rittenhouse

Marisa McClellan
Favorite Spot: Sue’s Produce
Neighborhood: Rittenhouse Square
Address: 114 South 18th Street

I am: A food blogger, cookbook author and canning teacher.
Years in Philly: It will be 11 years in January.
Current home: A two-bedroom apartment in a Rittenhouse Square high-rise.

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Love Note #109: Cindy and Mark Baum-Baicker spread their love across three Chinese food restaurants

Cindy and Mark Baum-Baicker
Favorite Spot(s): Square on Square; Charles Plaza; Han Dynasty
Neighborhood(s): Rittenhouse Square; Chinatown; Old City
Address(es): 1905 Chestnut St (Rittenhouse Square); 234 N 10th (Chinatown); 108 Chestnut St (Olde City)

We are: A professional couple, 59 and 60 yrs old, who have lived and loved Philadelphia for 37 years. We live on Rittenhouse Square and in Upper Bucks County

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Love Note #106: Joe Ulrich’s ode to Rittenhouse Square

Joe Ulrich

Favorite Spot: Rittenhouse Square
Neighborhood: Rittenhouse Square/Center City
Address: 18th-19th Sts., Walnut to Locust/South Rittenhouse Square 

I am: A cheese monger for DiBruno Bros. originally from South Philadelphia; a passionate Philly sports fan, foodie, and weather geek
Years in Philly: I have spent all but thirteen of my forty-eight years in Philadelphia!
Current Home: I currently reside in the Lower Graduate Hospital Neighborhood a.k.a. SW Center City

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Love Note #27: Nicholas Mirra loves the bike-ridden fence on Rittenhouse Square

Nicholas Mirra
Favorite Spot: The bike-filled fence on the east side of Rittenhouse Square below Walnut Street
Neighborhood: Rittenhouse Square
Address: 18th St between Walnut and Chancellor

I am: communications guy for the Bicycle Coalition; ultimate frisbee player; Pacific Northwest born and raised
Years in Philly: 6 years
Current Home: Grad Hospital area

My love note: The bike-ridden fence on the edge of Rittenhouse Square is a wall of graffiti. There are loud voices in Philly, voices accustomed to influential audiences, which say bicycles are for children and contemptuous hipsters; a frivolous activity taking vital space away from cars. Yet look at this fence! It sits in the heart of a famously well-heeled neighborhood, surrounded by some of Philly’s most inhospitable streets for bicycling. Despite the obstacles, bicyclists pour into Center City and make room for themselves.

This fence has been tagged with bikes. Like other important graffiti, it is an early sign of an approaching change. Slowly but surely, Philly will accommodate bicycling because bicyclists are accommodating themselves to Philly. Today, the bicycles are locked to the fence. Tomorrow, they will be locked to new racks on the sidewalk. Eventually, some of those riders will live in towers looking down on Rittenhouse Square, and they’ll enjoy a mischievous nostalgia for the days when they were ahead of the curve.
 
(Note: These pics were all taken on the same day along the same fence line)

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