Philly Love Notes Gift Guide

Hello friends and Philly-lovers, Time for the first Philly Love Letters Gift Guide! With some help from you, I put together a completely non-comprehensive list of amazing things being done right here in the city (or right outside). This only scratches the surface of the cool stuff being made here. There are always tons of great markets and small businesses to support (like Amalgam Comics, Philadelphia Independents, Yowie, and Omoi Zakka). And of course, one of the best gifts of all -- donating money, time, Read more

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

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Love Note #203: An Appreciation of Laurel Hill Cemetery

Sarah Ricks
Favorite Spot: Laurel Hill Cemetery
Neighborhood: East Falls. 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132.

I am: A law professor and lifelong travel junkie, with a special love for exploring cities.
Years in Philly: 24
Current Home: West Mt. Airy, Philadelphia.

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Love Note #202 The best stretch of land in the City of Philadelphia

Chris Robinson
Favorite Spot: Belmont Plateau
Neighborhood: Fairmount Park, West Philly
Address: Montgomery Drive, Philadelphia, Pa 19131

I am: A drummer from West Philadelphia with a passion for photographing Philadelphia’s architecture and raising awareness of the area’s importance through Instagram (@cbeatz852).
Years in Philly: I’ve spent all my life in Philly. 28 years to be exact.
Current Home: I currently live on the border of West Philly, in Upper Darby.

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Love Note #200: The epic Philly Love Note by Bradley Maule

Brad Maule
Favorite Spot: PSFS Building / Loews Philadelphia Hotel
Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 1200 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

I am: a country bumpkin from Tyrone, PA who moved to Philly in 2000, moved to Oregon in 2009, and moved back to Philly in 2013.
Current Home: West Mt Airy
Years in Philly: 10-15, give or take

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From the archives: As Meredith Edlow says, “Relax, turn your mind off and float over to the Ben Franklin Parkway”

Meredith Edlow
Favorite Spot: The Ben Franklin Pkwy area (Museum mile, Swann Fountain, Rodin Museum- garden with the Gates of Hell).
Neighborhood: Museum District
Address: 2154 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130

I am: A photographer, an artist, music lover and act as Visual Assets Manager for the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation or GPTMC. We do VisitPhilly.com, Uwishunu, Philly 360°® and Philly Homegrown® . I have the pleasure of getting to photograph some great attractions and institutions in the city. Those institutions are in line with my personal interests which is a win win for me. Right now our organization has launched the With Art Philadelphia campaign that highlights the visual arts scene in Philly. I’m so proud that the city is taking the time to highlight a very important, very vibrant visual arts scene here.
Years in Philly: 13yrs.
Current Home: GHO/Graduate Hospital/Gray’s Ferry

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From the Archives: Albert Fried-Cassorla loves the Water Works at sunset

Albert Fried-Cassorla
Favorite spot: Outside deck of the Water Works Restaurant
Neighborhood: Art Museum District
Address: 640 Waterworks Dr

I am: An English teacher, playwright, husband and father.
Years in Philly: 37
Current Home:  Melrose Park, PA

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Love Note #117: Look at your town in a whole new light as you drive over the Walt Whitman Bridge (by David Goodman)

David Goodman
Favorite Spot: The view at night from midway across the Walt Whitman Bridge
Neighborhood: South Philly

I am: A writer/artist/geek who is a regular contributor to the blogs Geekadelphia and The Quarter Bin. I also spend entirely too much time reading way too many comic books.
Years in Philly: My entire life
Current Home: The suburbs (their not as bad as you might think)

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Love Note #113: Edith Mulhern writes to the beautiful, historic Woodlands Cemetery

Edith Mulhern
Favorite Spot: Woodlands Cemetery
Neighborhood: West Philadelphia
Address: 4000 Woodland Avenue

I am: Philly suburbs-born arts and culture non-profit worker and bilingual blogger. Came to West Philly for school, and love it more every day.
Years in Philly: 9
Current Home: Walnut Hill, West Philadelphia

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