How To Date A 'Quarantined Cutie': A True Story

'Just a balcony boy looking for a rooftop girl.'
PHOTO: Instagram/jermcohen

Who says dating is dead in the time of coronavirus? Not for Jeremy Cohen, 28, who asked out Tori Cignarella, 28, when he spotted her dancing on a nearby rooftop. Get this: He wrote his number on a piece of paper, taped it to his drone, and flew it to Tori!

The New York-based photographer documented his dates on TikTok and Instagram and the whole world fell in love. Publications and news outlets like TimeNew York Post, NBC, and Bored Panda have covered his story, which was made possible by the special circumstances brought about by physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Let's be real: This is the perfect time to read about feel-good news, and Jeremy and Tori are serving it straight. 

In his first Instagram post about the date, Jeremy narrated: "I looked out my window and saw this girl dancing, perhaps to a TikTok song? I needed to say hi to her. So I waved down from my balcony. She waved back." He then wrote down his number on a piece of paper and taped it on his drone, which he flew to the rooftop. "She picked up my drone and I guess it worked because I got a text from her an hour later."

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For part 2 of what we'd call his date documentary, Jeremy shared that he sneakily coordinated with Tori's roommate to set up dinner on her rooftop. "We followed the rules. I waved out on the balcony, she waved back. I told her she looked beautiful. We got on Facetime and ate our matching organic microwavable dinners together. The date was going so well. Depending on how long this quarantine lasts, I might be on a long-distance relationship with someone who lives across the street from me."

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Quarantine Cutie (PART 2). Her name is @toricigs. She’s cute and kind and I’m so happy I met her. ##wholesome ##xyzbca ##nyc ##lovestory ##PlayByPlay

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As most dates go, Jeremy excused himself to go to the bathroom to update his group chat about how well the date was going. His conclusion? "I think it might be time to take this relationship to the next level." Enter part 3.

Part 3: In his "most romantic gesture yet," Jeremy said in his post, "I hope she won't burst my bubble." He literally inflated a life-sized ball and went inside it so he can see Tori!

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He said, "I needed to see her, but I also wanted to respect the fact that we should be social distancing. I crossed the street and texted her to come outside and look to the left. I think she liked it. I brought flowers and hand sanitizer, but that was a misstep, considering I was locked inside this bubble. We were having a lovely walk in the neighborhood when a cop car pulled up. But he recognized us from the news last night and just wanted a selfie. Phew!"

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We're crossing our fingers that there's going to be parts 4, 5, 6, until infinity to this modern love story, but for now, let me leave you with Jeremy's wise words: "Just because we have to social-distance doesn't mean we have to be socially distant. Remember to spread love and kindness to another."

And that, Cosmo Girls, is your dose of positivity and kilig today.

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