At a time of social distance, most people’s dating lives are at a standstill. Since leaving home is a health risk, digital tools like FaceTime and Zoom and the good old-fashioned telephone have replaced our face-to-face past, stepping in to help us meet new people and stay in touch with old friends through screens and wires alone.
But that didn’t stop Brooklyn, New York-based photographer Jeremy Cohen from taking a shot at connection — from afar. Over the weekend, Cohen sent the modern-day equivalent of a message in a bottle: he flew a drone with his phone number from his balcony to someone on a neighboring rooftop in order to avoid breaking the social distancing efforts imposed by the coronavirus. (New York City currently hosts 15,000 of the world’s estimated 440,000 COVID-19 cases and is under stay-at-home guidance