Giving back this year

[UPDATE: We raised $4725 dollars!!] Now more than ever, I feel a need to give back to my community, so I'll be donating ALL of the profits from map sales from now (4:39PM on November 23) through 11:59PM, November 29. It's an opportunity to buy a holiday gift and give back to some great Philadelphia non-profits (see the Philly Love Notes Etsy shop for more details). Your purchase of a custom Philly map will be a donation to the following organizations: Sunday Breakfast Read more

With all my love

Emma Fried-Cassorla Favorite Spot: Anywhere along the Delaware River Waterfront (but I'm biased) I Am: A Philly lover and resident, Montana lover and former resident, twin, Philly Love Notes, Communications Manager for the Delaware River Waterfront, hiker, climber, traveler, papercutter, iPhone addict, handwritten note taker, Crohn’s patient, scientist, lover of the Race Street Pier and slippers and family Years in Philly: Off and on for 33 (I was 30 when I started!) Current home: A studio loft in Callowhill with my lovely boyfriend Read more

And so we conclude

Cynthia Schmitt A photo posted by Philly Love Notes (@phillylovenotes) on May 20, 2015 at 7:05pm PDT My Love Note Can anyone remember that first moment they fell in love? How does one encompass the complexities of living in a city that's caught between New York and Washington DC? Even Benjamin Franklin, a hero of this city, spent most of his time in Europe. He did choose to die here, so I always thought that must have meant something. Edgar Read more

UPENN

Love Note #281 The best trail in all of PA? Yes.

Shelli Gimelstein
Favorite Spot: The Schuylkill River Trail

I Am: A graduating Penn senior who is moving back to New York but has fallen in love with Philly
Years in Philly: 4
Current Home: University City

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Love Note #199: A place for your wildest wintery dreams

Ashby Leavell
Favorite Spot: The Dorrance H. Hamilton Fernery at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
Neighborhood: Chestnut Hill
Address: 100 East Northwestern Avenue, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

I am: A Virginia native with a deep adoration for the natural world, city living, and attending and/or hosting wonderful parties. Trained in gardens, working in the arts, and taking the city by storm.
Years in Philly: Just shy of 3
Current Home: Cedar Park, West Philly

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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 #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)

(Melissa on right)
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Being a scientist in Philly

Shorts
The purpose of this blog is to highlight why we love our city, but I still want it to be somewhat personal. Before this month, I had time to post shorts about my life and goings on in the city, but I’ve been swamped recently.

So for some more personal info…

For the last six years, I’ve been working (posing) as a neuroscientist at UPENN. We’ve been studying how the visual system develops in fish, baby fish, really really tiny fish. I’m leaving in two weeks for a yet to be determined job or internship in the environmental field (fingers crossed for the Montgomery County Planning Commission and Next American City). I love science, but am ready to move on to something new. So I’m leaving with these pics to show what a lab and fish facility look like.

(My desk — surrounded by lots of chemicals)
(Microscopes. I spent years dissecting the eyes out of fish)

(Fishies)

(Some of the 500,000 fish in the facility)
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Love Note #3: A love note to the magnificence of the Fisher Fine Arts Library at the University of Pennsylvania

Emma Fried-Cassorla
Favorite Spot: Race Street Pier
Neighborhood: Penn’s Landing
Address: Race St and N Columbus Blvd

I am: a scientist, student, foodie
Years in Philly: Off and on for 29. Almost 30. Getting old.
Current home: South Philly, the promised land of pho and Mexican food

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