Gay weather daddy Sam Champion made quite an impression on us. And you Midtown Atlanta, his new home, is making quite an impression on him. Mostly a good one.
He dished on living across from Piedmont Park in an interview with Metro. His take is a little patronizing, in the way you'd expect from a longtime New Yorker. But still.
I’m lucky because Atlanta is right at its stride. It’s a vibrant city that’s growing quickly and is energized and has a great feel. I tell my friends I moved to the Upper West Side in the late ’80s and to me, Atlanta is like a New York neighborhood 15 years ago. It has a very vibrant feel. The people at the coffee shop know you and the dry cleaners and grocery store are right around the corner, so it’s all within reach and it feels very much like Columbus Avenue did 15 years ago. My view now of the cityscape is of glass buildings on one side and open park on the other – Piedmont Park. Instead of Midtown and Central Park, I look at glass buildings and Piedmont Park. There’s a lot of similarities. New York is truly unique and special but Atlanta is vibrant and exciting and I see some similarities.
And us Southerners, so friendly!
Nothing fazes New Yorkers and New Yorkers are not fazed my celebrity at all. They go about their day. In Atlanta, what I found is that people are so kind and nice and they do not want to take your time because they’re so polite but they want to tell you that they like you and say hi. Atlanta is filled with really kind people. I find myself as a New Yorker, sometimes you just get busy and you’re on the move. In Atlanta, you actually stop and hold the door because they just did it for you. It’s a very different thing in that being really gracious to people around you. New York had my heart for such a long time and I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know that I would love it and feel at home and both are true.