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

University City

Love Note #259: How to find your inner nerd

Tom Stanley
Favorite Spot: Penn Museum
Address:
Neighborhood:

I am: A social media manager, runner, photographer, homebrewer, high-harmony vocalist, and shameless nerd.
Years in Philly: 3 1/2 in the city, plus about 26 in the ‘burbs
Current home: East Passyunk Crossing

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So much love for 30th Street Station

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

Jeffrey Urbano
Favorite Spot: 30th Street Station
Address: 30th Street and Market Street
Neighborhood: University City

I am: a Drexel University senior
Years in Philly: 5
Current Home: University City

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Love Note #161: “If you find yourself lost and confused, find a way to see our skyline” (Alyssa Dingwall)

Alyssa Dingwall
Favorite Spot: The skyline
Neighborhood and Address: Center City

I am: A writer, fixer, baker, and a hugger who can always find an excuse to stop for Capogiro on the way home.
Years in Philly: Eight
Current Home: Chinatown

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(all skyline photos by Steve Weinik)

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Love Note #159: Andrew Nusca’s love note to 30th Street Station’s warm, gilded embrace

Andrew Nusca
Favorite spot: 30th Street Station
Neighborhood: University City
Address: 2951 Market Street

I am: A writer and editor who was raised in Montgomery County, works in New York and lives — for now — in Philadelphia.
Years in Philly: 20, if you count the ‘burbs
Current neighborhood: Cedar Park, West Philadelphia

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Love Note #144: Jonathan Tannenwald’s decade-long romance with UPENN’s Palestra

Jonathan Tannenwald
Favorite Spot: The Palestra
Neighborhood: University City
Address: 215 S. 33rd Street

I Am: Writer, producer and editor for Philly.com Sports
Years in Philly: 10, including four years at Penn. Originally from Washington DC
Current Home: University City

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Love Note #143: Damon Landry’s love note to our revered 30th St. Station

Damon Landry
Favorite Spot: 30th Street Station
Neighborhood: University City/Center City
Address: 2955 Market Street

I am: Photographer, vintage bicyclist, drinker and lover of life…
Years in Philly: I have been here since 2004
Current Home: I reside in between Fishtown and Northern Liberties in a swell little rowhouse purchased in 2006

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Love Note #136: Timothy McKenna, Class of 1923 Arena, and a life-long love affair with hockey

Timothy McKenna

Neighborhood: University City
Address: 3130 Walnut St.
 
I am: A native Philadelphian, I work in software and I play an unhealthy amount of hockey.
Years in Philly: 21 out of 35.  After 15 years, I’ve moved back to the city for work.
Current Home: Graduate Hospital
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Love Note #116: Brian Lim’s love affair with UPENN’s Class of 1923 arena

Brian Lim
Favorite Spot: Class of 1923 Arena at the University of Pennsylvania
Neighborhood: University City
Address: 3130 Walnut St.

I am: 26 year old bridge engineer & burger blogger who grew up with NYC as the home city and has been falling for Philly quickly.
Years in Philly: 3 years (2 in the area, 1 in city limits)
Current Home: Fishtown

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Love Note #94: Local blogger Melissa Alam knew there was something special about the soccer fields on PENN’s campus

Melissa Alam
Favorite Spot: Soccer Turf at Penn Park

Neighborhood: University City
Address: 31st and Chestnut

I am: Temple Alum, Blogger, Culture and Event Lover

Years in Philly: 6 years ever since I moved here for Temple
Current Home: Northern Liberties

My love note: Ever since I stepped onto the fresh, green turf on UPenn’s campus, I knew that I was in the midst of something special. I began playing co-ed, recreational soccer with Philadelphia Sports Network, and fell in love with the group of friends I’ve met through the league as well as the amazing way I’m able to begin a fresh new week. With night games every Sunday night, the build-up of a week’s worth of stress is able to disappear for an hour as I focus on playing futbol right under the beauty of a sunset touching Philadelphia’s skyline. I’m able to feel like a kid again and get back to basics with a great group of local Philadelphians on the Penn Park turf.

(top photos by Melissa)

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Love Note #14: South Street Bridge

Emma
My love note: I was pissed when they removed the first South Street Bridge, thus altering my bike route to work. And then…and then when I saw the new one I was ok with those two years of detours. It is an absolute pleasure to bike to and from work with that spectacular view. Every day and every hour is different. Sometimes it’s just so pretty I pull my bike over and lean over the railings and just watch my city



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