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Entry from November 19, 2019
Joker Stairs (1165 Shakespeare Avenue, Bronx)

The movie Joker (based on a DC Comics character) opened in the United States on October 4, 2019. The Joker character danced on the 132 steps at 1165 Shakespeare Avenue in the Bronx. The staircase was soon dubbed the “Joker Stairs.”

The stairs scene became famous even before the official release of the movie. “That Joker stairs scene with an equally beautiful arrangement of Smile” was posted on Twitter by deuxXdeux= Case 04 on April 3, 2019. “The ‘Joker’ stairs are at West 167 and Jerome Avenue” was posted on Twitter by RadioFreeBronx on September 9, 2009.

Wikipedia: Joker (2019 film)
Joker is a 2019 American psychological thriller film directed and produced by Todd Phillips, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scott Silver. The film, based on DC Comics characters, stars Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker. Joker provides a possible origin story for the character; set in 1981, it follows Arthur Fleck, a failed stand-up comedian in Gotham City who becomes the Joker after a series of unfortunate events. Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Bill Camp, Shea Whigham, and Marc Maron appear in supporting roles. Joker was produced by Warner Bros. Pictures, DC Films, and Joint Effort, in association with Bron Creative and Village Roadshow Pictures, and distributed by Warner Bros.

Know Your Meme
Joker Stairs
Joker Stairs
refers to a staircase located at 1165 Shakespeare Avenue, Bronx, New York, which served as one of the filming locations for the 2019 film Joker and appears in Joker and Peter Parker Dancing memes. Following the discovery of the location of the stairs, its photographs appeared in memes, while on Google Maps the staircase was briefly renamed as “Joker Stairs” and categorized as a religious destination.

deuxXdeux= Case 04
That Joker stairs scene with an equally beautiful arrangement of Smile.  👏
11:00 AM · Apr 3, 2019·Twitter for Android

The “Joker” stairs are at West 167 and Jerome Avenue.
4:24 PM · Sep 9, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

JOKER Stairs Dancing Scene - JOKER (2019) Movie CLIP HD
Sep 25, 2019
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new movie clip for Joker

JOKER Stairs Dancing Scene
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New York (NY) Post
‘Joker’ stairs are attracting influencers to the Bronx
By Kirsten Fleming October 21, 2019 | 2:56pm | Updated
The newest hot filming location-turned-tourist-destination is in Highbridge, the Bronx — the gritty stairway featured in the DC blockbuster “Joker.”

The steps Joaquin Phoenix menacingly dances down are attracting hordes of fans looking for their own creepy clown moment. There are over 600 posts on Instagram with the #Jokerstairs. The steps, which join Shakespeare and Anderson Avenues and run along West 167 Street, are officially called “Joker Stairs” and listed at 1165 Shakespeare Ave. in the photo sharing app.

OCT. 23, 2019
An Afternoon at the Joker Stairs, New York’s Newest Tourist Attraction
By Nate Jones@kn8
On a sunny October Saturday, the stairs, which are located off Shakespeare Avenue in Highbridge, were crowded with sightseers from all over the globe. Many film locations look less grand in real life, but the Joker steps remain as imposing as they are onscreen, looming over the bodegas of Jerome Avenue. With their narrow vertical orientation, the stairs are perfectly suited for the age of the Instagram Story, and their newfound popularity may be aided by the ease of transit from Manhattan: They’re just a short walk from the 167th Street 4 station, itself only one stop away from Yankee Stadium.

Tourists from all over the world flock to ‘Joker’ stairs in the Bronx | AFP
Oct 26, 2019
AFP news agency
The 132 steps linking Shakespeare Avenue to Anderson Avenue in the Bronx are far from New York City’s tourist hotspots. But visitors from all over the world are now flocking after seeing Joaquin Phoenix dance on these stairs in “Joker” - creating mixed feelings among local residents.

Not Everyone is Laughing About the Bronx’s ‘Joker Stairs’ | NBC New York
Oct 30, 2019
NBC New York
A set of outdoor steps in the Bronx has become a tourist attraction in recent weeks since the release of the movie “Joker.”

Daily News (New York, NY)
How the Bronx should reclaim the Joker Stairs, an Instagram hotspot
OCT 30, 2019 | 3:00 PM
In the 1970s, Martin Scorsese didn’t have to venture out of Times Square to show New York’s seedy side in “Taxi Driver.” As a testament to how much New York has changed, “The Joker” director Todd Phillips had to scour Brooklyn, Jersey City and the Bronx to find similarly gritty streets. One of those locations, a “step street” in the Bronx that features prominently in the film, has recently been redubbed the Joker Stairs. Tourists flock to the stairs in the Highbridge section to take photos reenacting Joaquin Phoenix’s dark anti-hero dance. The locals aren’t happy, but they can stop it. If they want.

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