New York-based photographer Jeremy Cohen was quarantined in his Brooklyn apartment because of the COVID-19 outbreak when he looked out the window and spotted a girl dancing on a rooftop.
“I needed to say hi to her,” he said. So he waved from his balcony.
She waved back.
He wanted to talk to her. But how? Jeremy said, “Flirting is normally daunting for me but since I’ve been quarantined in my apartment for a week now I was craving some social interaction.”
He had a brilliant idea. He grabbed a piece of paper, a pen, a roll of tape and his drone. “I wrote down my digits and sealed it on my drone.”
Then he flew the drone over to the girl’s rooftop.
“2020 has been off to a terrible start but I still needed to shoot my shot,” Jeremy said.
An hour later, Tori texted. Yes, that’s her name—Tori Cignarella.
They hit it off and naturally, Jeremy wanted to go on a date with Tori.
But Tori is right—how?
Are you still doubting our drone-flying boy’s game? Of course Jeremy’s got plans. He asked Tori’s roommate for help.
Then he prepared for their first date.
It went like a normal date. They said hi.
He complimented her.
And they had dinner together… except he was on his balcony and she was on her rooftop.
“We got on FaceTime and ate our matching organic microwavable dinners together,” Jeremy said.
The date went well, said Jeremy. “Depending on how long this quarantine lasts, I might be in a long-distance relationship with someone who lives across the street from me.”
And they’ve actually gone on a second date. “I needed to see her but I also wanted to respect the fact that we’re supposed to be social distancing.”
Inspired by Jake Gylenhaal film “Bubble Boy,” Jeremy got himself a bubble, some flowers and hand sanitizer.
Then, while inside his bubble, he crossed the street to surprise Tori.
They went for a walk.
And they got as close as they could without actually touching.
Jeremy has a message for the world.
“Remember to spread love and kindness to another,” he said.
Jeremy and Tori’s story, which he shared on Instagram and TikTok, has gone viral. People thanked them for making them smile during such a difficult time.
And then of course the GIFS and hilarious replies rained on Twitter.
Jeremy wants to use the attention he’s gotten to get people to help those who are affected by the pandemic.
Watch the whole thing unfold on Jeremy’s Instagram posts: