Joaquin Phoenix

Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images

Tourists Are Flocking To The Staircase Featured In ‘Joker’ And The Locals Aren’t Happy

November 5, 2019

When people find out they can visit the places seen in their favorite movies and TV shows, those various locations start to become huge tourist destinations. 

Now fans of the hit movie ‘Joker’, are rushing to take pictures at one of the locations featured in the film. 

During a turning point in the movie, Joaquin Phoenix’s character Arthur Fleck celebrates with a quick dance number on a staircase in Gotham City. The real-life location of the staircase is in the Bronx. 

Instagramers have started to document their experience at what are now being called the Joker Stairs. Some fans have even shown up in full Joker makeup to record themselves dancing. 

Thanks to Joaquin Phoenix’s dance moves in Joker, the stairs connecting Shakespeare and Anderson Avenues in the Highbridge neighborhood of the Bronx are the most famous set of steps in New York City right now. And all the attention has frustrated some residents of Highbridge. A flier near the stairs reads: “It is disrespectful to treat our community and residents as a photo opportunity." More on; link in profile. (--: @jessebvad) #jokerstairs #joker #thebronx #highbridge

A post shared by Gothamist (@gothamist) on

As fun, as it sounds to visit the real-life locations of your favorite movies, locals who live in the area, aren’t too happy. Fliers have been posted by the staircase reading: 

“It is disrespectful to treat our community and residents as a photo opportunity.”

Local residents told the Gothamist, that the amount of people on the staircase makes it hard for others to get to and from school and work. Some residents believe that the amount of attention the staircase is getting could help the community. 

Via: People