Joker Stairs







New York (bronx)




The Joker Stairs, connecting Shakespeare and Anderson Avenues at West 167th Street in The Bronx, near the 167th Street station, are a set of steep stairs that served as one of the filming locations in the 2019 psychological thriller, Joker. India Today notes, “Even though the stairs have been around for years and lead to some of the most famous spots in New York, like the Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden, they were never really popular because of their association with crime in the area.”

In the film, the titular Joker is shown walking up these stairs during his daily routine early on. Later, during the film’s climax, he dances down the stairs wearing a bright red suit and clown makeup, as Gary Glitter’s “Rock and Roll Part 2” plays in the background. The stairs have appeared in a promotional poster for the film and become a tourist destination, and both the stairs and the dance have become Internet memes. Many visitors reenact the scene from the film, sometimes in Joker attire, to the point that the stairs have become crowded with sightseers.