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

South Philly

Love Note #297: Guesses for the most sensory overload in Philly?

Stevie Black (ex-pat files)
Favorite Spot: Italian Market, but only by a little.
Neighborhood: South Philly
Address: 9th Street from Washington to Christian

I Am: A surface and textile designer on Boston’s Northshore (presently) who went to art school in Philly.
Years in Philly: 14
Current Home: Swampscott MA

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Love Note #260: 12:32AM … another shitty love note

Christian Monroe
Favorite Spot: Broad Street Diner
Neighborhood: South Philly
Address: 1135 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

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Love Note #227: Stay Wild Washington Avenue Green

Noelle Egan
Favorite Spot: Washington Avenue Green
Neighborhood: Delaware River Waterfront/Pennsport
Address: Washington Ave and Columbus Blvd.

I Am: A librarian who loves to take advantage of all the culture and nature that Philly offers.
Years in Philly: 15
Current Home: Queen Village

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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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Love Note #221: What’s your Philadelphia tradition?

Leigh Goldenberg and Aaron Bauman
Favorite Spot: Pre-Phillies ritual including Cosmi’s Deli, Termini Bros, and Citizens Bank Bark
Neighborhood: South Philly
Address: Cosmi’s Deli (1501 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147), Termini Bros (1523 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147), CBP (1523 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147)

We are both: South Philly homeowners, Bike Commuters, Phillies season ticket holders. He is: Web Guy, Ultimate Frisbee Enthusiast, Homebrewer. She is: Bicycle Laundry Marketer, Arts Supporter, Food Co-op party planner
Years in Philly: 7 together (plus Leigh’s 18 in the burbs)
Current Home: We call it Franklin Heights, real estate agents and civic associations call our neighborhood Passyunk Sq. 

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Love Note #208: An ex-pat’s fond memories of the Italian Market

Brandon Gollotti (ex-pat files)
Favorite Spot: Italian Market
Neighborhood: South Philly
Address: 9th St between Washington and Christian

I Am: Philly native stuck in Brooklyn
Years in Philly: 25
Current Home: Park Slope, Brooklyn

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Love Note #207 Love for an Avenue and the community around it

Rick Fitzgerald
Favorite Place: Where do I start? Today, the Singing Fountain.
Neighborhood: E. Passyunk
Address: Passyunk Ave and 11th St

I am: A UPenn administrator
Years in Philly: 5
Current Home: East Passyunk

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This is #whyilovephilly

The annual mummers parade, which is, according to National Geographic, the oldest continually running folk parade in the U.S.

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Love Note #187: Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey on falling in love with Dickinson Square Park

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey
Favorite Spot: Dickinson Square Park
Address: 4th and Tasker
Neighborhood: Pennsport

I am:  A strategic consultant handling media and analyst relations.  I have acted and directed professionally.  I grew up on the Mexican border and order tacos frequently to keep my Spanish in check.  I have an MFA in creative writing and need to do more with it.  I am a compulsive animal rescuer.  I love live performance of just about every type but often leave angry at myself for quitting dance or piano lessons.  I love being outside but sunburn too easily.  I spend too much time staring at my iPhone.  I love eating—my own cooking or someone else’s—and I’m guilty of copy-editing menus.  I dance in my kitchen, alone or with my husband, who puts up with me for reasons I still don’t understand.  I am an extrovert except for when I’m not; I love sleeping but I’m an insomniac.  I hate writing bios.
Years in Philly: Eleven as of next month
Current Home: Pennsport

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Love Note #185: Yes, a love note to the Philadelphia airport, by Jennifer Shemtob

Jennifer Shemtob
Favorite Place: Philadelphia Airport (ARRIVALS!)
Neighborhood: Deep South Philadelphia (?)
Address: 8800 Essington Ave Philadelphia, PA 19153

I am: A philadelphia charter school teacher with an appreciation for all things PHILLY
Years in Philly: All my life (if the suburbs count too!) 27 and counting…
Current Home: 12th & Walnut

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