He’s got game — and a drone.
Like a responsible New Yorker, Brooklyn-based photographer Jeremy Cohen was cooped up in his apartment practicing social distancing during the coronavirus lockdown. But when he spotted a girl dancing on her rooftop, he channeled his inner Romeo, using his balcony and technology to get her attention.
In a 31-second TikTok video that has 4.4 million views on Twitter as of Monday afternoon, he captures the entire meet-cute moment. He also notes, “I can’t believe this actually worked, and yes this is a true story.”
“I thought she was really cute from far away,” Cohen tells The Post. “During this quarantine, I think everyone is fiending for social interaction. I was like, ‘Oh my god, a girl. I haven’t seen one for so long.’ ”
Cohen admitted that flirting is “normally daunting” for him, but he also says he’s a hopeless romantic. “2020 has been off to a terrible start, but I still needed to shoot my shot. She picked up my drone and I guess it worked,” he says in the video. The girl in the video, 28-year-old Tori Cignarella, texted him that night, but this is where their story comes to a temporary halt.
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Cohen — who only started using TikTok two months ago — says they have been texting a fair amount. Cignarella commented on Instagram that “Part 2 is underway!!” when one of her followers asked her if she was pursuing the viral romance.
“I have asked her out on a date, but we have to figure out what it will be. I have an idea but I can’t say it yet. It’s not going to be in-person,” says Cohen, who admits that the spotlight could either make this a great love story or dampen the moment.
“I was initially worried if this was something she’d be upset about. Thank god she is totally okay [with the notoriety],” says the Bethlehem, Penn., native, who used his own newfound viral status to plug two initiatives: Help Main Street, which is a way to buy gift cards for small businesses, and Feeding America, a food bank organization.
“I don’t want to be selfish. I am just trying to use this for some good.”
He also plans on chronicling their first date, but he is working out how to make it fun for them and enjoyable for those following along online. One thing is for sure:
“There will be a Part 2 — I promise.”