By Andrea Romano
October 23, 2019
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Is it just us, or is it getting crazier out there?

An everyday-staircase-turned-major-movie-backdrop has Bronx residents peeved as their commute has become overrun with tourists thanks to the Joker movie. 

The long outdoor steps — that connect Shakespeare and Anderson Avenues in the New York City bureau — is regularly featured in the Joaquin Phoenix film, specifically for the his dancing scene, according to Gothamist. 

Droves of people show up to the stairs daily — some dressed in their finest Joker cosplay, — in order to snap the perfect Instagram of themselves recreating the dance from the movie.

Naturally, this has started to wear down local residents who just want to use the stairs to get to work and school on time.

“We hope it ends soon because we don’t need this,” Bronx resident Jonathan Francis said to Gothamist. “We feel disrespected.”

Some social media users have noted the chaotic crowds that flock to the stairs daily, wondering how anyone can get a good picture at all.

Due to the booming popularity of the steps, Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. used the opportunity to promote the area, tweeting, "When you visit, check out http://ilovethebronx.com and @TheBronxTourism and learn about some of our borough’s many fine attractions and restaurants...and spend some $$$ in The Bronx!"

However, according to Gothamist, many tourists go up to the stairs, take a picture, and leave without spending any time in the neighborhood.

In addition, many residents have complained of litter that is being left behind.

“It’s more now about how do we keep the areas clean and attractive for the residents that actually do live there and are there on a daily basis and have to walk up and down these steps,” State Assemblymember Latoya Joyner told Gothamist.

As with many social media trends, the hype is likely to die down eventually, but if Joker wins big at the Oscars as some critics are projecting, the steps may become a bonafide tourist attraction.

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