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

Zach Subar

Love Note #81: Zach Subar finds his peace and quiet at the intersection of Fountain Green Drive and Mt. Pleasant Drive

Zach Subar

Favorite Place: Fairmount Park at Fountain Green Drive and Mt. Pleasant Drive (near Smith Memorial Playground)

Neighborhood: Fairmount Park near Brewerytown

Address: Fountain Green Drive and Mt. Pleasant Drive
I am: Non-Philly-native journalist who covers Northwest Philadelphia and edits the news website Mt. Airy Patch; his love for the city has snuck up on him.
Years in Philly: Two years in Philly.

Current home: I live in Fairmount.

My love note: Kelly Drive, rightfully, gets a lot of pedestrian traffic. It has a well maintained bike path, runs right into Center City and has river views to boot. But, it can easily feel crowded on a particularly nice day. So when I want a break from pounding the pavement on the well-worn path, either by foot or by bike, I make a right on Fountain Green Drive, head uphill and enter a world of peace and quiet.

The area is populated by people playing softball and having massive cookouts on sunny summer weekends. But that’s not when I love it the most, although there is a certain comfort to be had in the voices that echo around the sprawling fields during those times. No, it’s my favorite on a chilly-but-not-too-cold afternoon or evening, when I can peel off from the Kelly Drive crowds and instantly be transported to a place that feels like my own little secret; where I can lie under a tree for hours or walk or run around like I’m removed from pretty much everything. 

Smith Memorial Playground, a frisbee golf course and 33rd Street are all pretty close by, as is, of course, Kelly Drive. However, none of that takes away from the fact that, every time I get to the top of Fountain Green, I feel like an ancient explorer who’s discovered something new and can hardly believe his good fortune.

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