In a series of clips originally posted to TikTok, Jeremy Cohen documented his recent dates with his neighbor, whom he’s dubbed “quarantine cutie.” However, New York City’s coronavirus restrictions meant he had to get creative in asking her out.
As of Tuesday, Cohen’s video has garnered over eight million views on Twitter.
After spotting his neighbor dancing on a nearby rooftop one day, Cohen waved at her from his balcony, and she waved back. He wanted to give her his number, so he wrote his digits on a piece of paper, taped it to his drone and flew it to her.
She texted him an hour later.
“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,” Cohen said in the video, published Sunday. “2020’s been off to a terrible start, but I still needed to shoot my shot.”
The next step was their first date.
With restaurants in New York City banned from offering dine-in service, Cohen and his date made their own digital dinner experience. Cohen ate on his balcony while his date ate on her rooftop. Both enjoyed their meals at their own tables, each complete with white table clothes and flowers.
“We got on FaceTime and ate our matching organic microwaveable dinners together,” Cohen said. “The date was going so well. Depending on how long this quarantine lasts, I might be in a long-distance relationship with someone who lives across the street from me.”
But Cohen wanted to hang out in person, which meant it was time for his “boldest move yet.”
In order to meet his date up close while adhering to social distancing guidelines, he hopped into an inflatable plastic bubble and met her on the sidewalk.
“I brought flowers and hand sanitizer, but that was a misstep, considering I was locked inside this bubble,” he added.
They took a stroll and chatted side-by-side, before getting stopped by police. They weren’t in trouble – the officers had seen their story on the news and wanted a selfie.
After his post went viral, Cohen followed up with with another tweet, where he encouraged followers to donate to the charities Help Main Street! and Feeding America, which are working to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. He also said he wants to auction off his bubble to raise money for healthcare workers.