A coronavirus romance unfolding on New York rooftops and charming social media audiences around the world has a local connection

Written by on April 10, 2020

A coronavirus romance unfolding on New York rooftops and charming social media audiences around the world has a local connection

By Ben Stemrich

April 10, 2020

Jeremy Cohen is a 28-year-old professional photographer from Bethlehem Township living in New York City and hadn’t been on a date in over a year.

That all changed when he saw 23-year-old Tori Cignarella dancing on the roof across from his Brooklyn apartment. Cohen decided to fly his drone over with his phone number, hoping the young lady would respond— she did and so did the rest of the world.

The post of Cohen’s story has over 31 million views on social media and has evolved into multiple videos tracking the couple’s socially- distanced dates.

“I was like you know what, maybe I should do a social meetings date, get creative with it. So that’s when I came up with the idea to have dinner with her. Ask her out to dinner. But I had dinner on my balcony while she had one on her roof at the same time. Then I coordinated with her roommate to set up a surprise dinner on the roof for her with a nice bottle of wine and tablecloth. I told her to wear something nice, I wore something nice, then we sat down to dinner and facetimed each other.

For Cohen’s second date he wore a bubble suit to go on a walk with Tori. Tori has a birthday coming up, and Cohen says he’ll have something big planned, but it will be a surprise


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