AOC remembers being told to ‘stay away’ from the Bronx’s ‘Joker Stairs’

New York Post 2 weeks ago

Influencers have been swarming the gritty stairway from DC blockbuster “Joker” — but back in the day, even locals did their best to avoid the seedy Bronx steps, according to one of its most famous natives.

“When I was growing up, everyone would tell us to stay away from those steps or go with a friend,” Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told TMZ Tuesday on Capitol Hill.

The stairs, which run along West 167 St., are listed as 1165 Shakespeare Ave. on Instagram. Users have been flooding the app in recent days with photos of their takes on the Joker’s strange romp on them.

They’ve rapidly become so iconic, Google Maps has changed the spot’s name to “Joker Stairs” — much to the chagrin of locals. AOC now counts herself among those critical of the Bronx’s recent tourism surge.

“The Bronx is much safer now and I’m happy to say that,” AOC says. But she’d be happier if the tourists didn’t take their selfie sticks to her home borough. “I think the way a lot of us feel is, listen, like, keep your Instagram posts outside of the Boogie Down. Like, this is for us.”

The stairs were featured prominently in the hit film. In a scene highlighted in the movie’s trailer, Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker dances down them after his notorious transformation. Enough people have seen the real thing to want to recreate the scene now, apparently. Deadline reports that “Joker” is on target to become the highest-grossing R-rated US release of all time, and looking at a potential $900 million in global ticket sales. All of this despite well-publicized concerns that the movie could inspire mass shootings and other incel violence.

Now, it’s unlikely the stairs will remain an exclusively local haunt. “That’s how it works, right?” AOC quipped. “We gotta own it though. We can’t let anyone take [the stairs] away from us.”

The steps, she says, do capture an iconic essence of the Bronx: its steepness. “It’s classic precisely because they’re so long,” she says. “People try to skate on them, they try to slide on them.”

And a note to all you posers out there — Phoenix was far from the first to do a jig on them, AOC says.

“People been doing that dance a long time is what I gotta say,” she says.


Source link
Read also:
Telegraph › Traveling › 2 weeks ago
A set of stairs in the Bronx has become overrun with tourists and social media ‘influencers’ after it featured in the DC blockbuster film Joker, prompting a backlash from locals.
Slate › Lifestyle › 3 weeks ago
Visit the Joker stairs if you must, but please bring cash.
Business Insider › Lifestyle › 2 weeks ago
"Joker" fans are rushing to an innocuous Bronx stairway to take pictures dancing as the titular character at the iconic film location. Photos published in Gothamist show posters taped to lampposts along the staircase warning visitors not to treat the...
Daily Mail Online › 3 weeks ago
The enormous staircase, located at 167th Street, in the Bronx, New York City, features in the new Todd Philips movie when Joaquin Phoenix dances down them to after becoming the Joker.
New York Post › 3 weeks ago
If you want a 'Joker' shot, get to the Bronx stat.
New York Post › 2 weeks ago
A group of Bronx actors on Wednesday tried to stage a wild “parody” video to mock the selfie-snapping tourists who are flocking to a local staircase featured in the “Joker” movie — but some neighbors weren’t laughing. In their video, some...
CNN › 3 weeks ago
Fans of the "Joker" movie, which hit theaters earlier this month, are making the stairs featured in the film New York's newest tourist attraction.
HuffPost › Entertainment › 2 weeks ago
"This is for us," the Bronx, New York-born member of Congress said of the stairway that has now become a tourist attraction.
New York Daily News › Opinions › 1 week ago
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...
The Independent › Entertainment › 2 weeks ago
Congresswoman is a Bronx native
Sign In

Sign in to follow sources and tags you love, and get personalized stories.

Continue with Google
OR