“We reviewed the vast majority the 659 overnight stays of Air Force crews in the vicinity at Glasgow Prestwick Airport between 2015 and 2019. Approximately 6% of those crews stayed at the Trump Turnberry,” a US Air Force official told CNN Thursday.
The official added that “the review also indicated that about 75% of the crews stayed in the immediate vicinity of the airfield and 18% stayed in Glasgow.”
The review was launched following a series of stories about Air Force personnel using the resort during refueling stops. Democratic lawmakers have also questioned military service members’ use of the hotel.
Trump’s pick to be the next Air Force secretary, Barbara Barrett, was asked during her confirmation hearing Thursday by Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut whether the Air Force should ban crews from staying at Trump-owned hotels.
“I’ll take a look at the rules and regulations on that and evaluate what policy should be issued,” Barrett answered.
The Turnberry resort is not considered to be in the immediate vicinity of the airfield, which has come under increased use from Air Force crews in recent years.
According to Air Force statistics between 2015 and 2019, Air Mobility Command aircraft stopped at Prestwick a total of 936 times, 659 of those stops involved overnight stays.
The number of overnight stops at Prestwick has steadily increased: There were 40 in 2015, 75 in 2016, 116 in 2017, 208 in 2018 and 220 through August 2019.
The Air Force says the reason for the air field’s increased usage derived from flight directive issued to mobility crews in June 2017, which it said was “designed to increase efficiencies by standardizing routing locations, with Prestwick being among the top five locations recommended for reasons such as more favorable weather than nearby Shannon Airport, and less aircraft parking congestion than locations on the European continent.”
Following reports of the hotel’s usage the top leaders of the Air Force ordered a review of “all guidance pertaining to selection of airports and lodging accommodations during international travels.”
The House Oversight and Reform Committee earlier this year launched a probe of the stays at Turnberry after aircraft would be directed to land at Prestwick.
His comments come as House Democrats move to expand their impeachment investigation to focus on Trump’s business dealings and questions of corruption.
“The President’s resorts are hotels that he owns. People are traveling, it’s just like any other hotel,” McCarthy said at a Capitol Hill news conference Tuesday morning. “I don’t know that that’s different than anything else. Is it different if I go and stay or eat at a Marriott here, or eat at the Trump? The President isn’t asking me to. He’s competing in a private enterprise.”
Trump did not divest from his interests in the Trump Organization upon entering office, prompting ethical concerns from Democrats who argue he is profiting from the presidency. Their criticism has ramped up in the past several weeks, as separate controversies have swirled around Trump’s resorts.
Pence faces heat over Doonbeg boondoggle

First, he announced that he was considering holding next year’s G7 summit at his National Doral resort in Miami. The proposal prompted Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee to announce on August 28 that they would investigate the matter.
Then, Vice President Mike Pence stayed at Trump’s resort in Doonbeg, Ireland, for two nights during his official trip last week. Doonbeg has a population of less than 1,000, and it is 181 miles away from Dublin, where Pence met with government officials during the trip. Initially, Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, told reporters Trump had suggested Pence stay at the resort — something the President later denied. Pence’s office also defended the move by saying it had to do with security planning and Pence’s ancestral ties to the area.
Democrats on the House Oversight and Judiciary committees are demanding information and documents about both Pence’s stay and the G7 summit location planning from the White House, the Vice President’s office, the Trump Organization, and the US Secret Service.
“The Committee does not believe that U.S. taxpayer funds should be used to personally enrich President Trump, his family, and his companies,” Oversight chairman, Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, wrote last Friday.
Democratic questions about Trump’s businesses have only intensified since Politico first reported on Friday that Cummings’ committee has, for several months, been investigating increased military expenditures at the Trump Turnberry golf course and resort in Scotland.
“I’ve always felt this is the heart of it,” Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin, a member of the Oversight and Judiciary committees, told CNN of Trump’s business dealings on Monday. He argued that Americans will be able to easily understand the issue as Democrats incorporate it in their impeachment investigation.
“People understand what it means for the President to be spending millions of dollars in federal government tax dollars at his own business properties,” Raskin said.
Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern agreed.
“Those questions are very, very important,” he said. “This is the most corrupt president in my lifetime, so I’m glad the Judiciary Committee is moving in that direction.”
She was open, when asked, about her affection and appreciation for both Democratic candidates. A decision, if it was going to come at all, wasn’t expected until later this year.
“I would like to see in a presidential candidate is one that has a coherent worldview and logic from which all these policy proposals are coming forward,” Ocasio-Cortez told CNN in May. “I think Sen. Sanders has that. I also think Sen. Warren has that. I also want to see us centering (on) working people in the United States to stem income inequality (and) tackle climate change.”
But as the primary heated up, with Warren surging and Sanders stalling in the polls, the process appeared to be speeding up.  
On a late September weekend, the New York Democrat visited Burlington, Vermont, where she, Sanders and a couple of close aides met for dinner, according to a source familiar with discussions. They met against the next day for brunch. Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir later told CNN those discussions did not yield any firm commitment but had been “a key step in the process.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement was one of the most sought-after in progressive politics and, ultimately, she delivered it at one of the most uncertain times in Sanders’ long political career. 
The New York Democrat told Sanders she would back him for president over the phone as he was lying in a hospital bed recovering from the heart attack that took him off the campaign trail for weeks, aides to both told CNN. When he fell ill in Las Vegas, Sanders’ campaign had been stalling in polls, as Warren pulled ahead and solidified her status among the front-runners.
On Saturday, the influential freshman who rose quickly to become one of the most prominent progressive voices in Congress injected a fresh burst of excitement into the Sanders campaign at a big rally in Queensbridge Park. 
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorses Bernie Sanders at his 'Bernie's Back' rally in New York

What it means for Sanders’ campaign is an open question. What it meant to him and his supporters, is difficult to overstate.

‘Tío Bernie’

Addressing thousands of supporters, Ocasio-Cortez told the story of how “Tío Bernie,” or Uncle Bernie, as she called him, made her believe she — at the time a “sexually harassed waitress” in downtown Manhattan — could push for something more, and eventually run for the House seat she won last year. 
“The only reason that I had any hope in launching a long-shot campaign for Congress is because Bernie Sanders proved that you can run a grassroots campaign and win in an America where we almost thought it was impossible,” Ocasio-Cortez said. 
In her old job, Ocasio-Cortez said she was like so many other service workers logging 12-hour days with no structured breaks. 
“I didn’t have health care. I wasn’t being paid a living wage,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “And I didn’t think that I deserved any of those things.”
Then something changed.
“It wasn’t until I heard of a man by the name of Bernie Sanders that I began to question and assert and recognize my inherent value as a human being that deserves health care, housing, education and a living wage,” she said. 
It's official: Elizabeth Warren is our new Democratic 2020 front-runner

It's official: Elizabeth Warren is our new Democratic 2020 front-runner

Ocasio-Cortez credited Sanders for what she described as one of the best Democratic presidential primary fields in a generation and touted his influence on the freshman Democratic congressional class.
She cited his rejection of corporate PAC money, his championing of “Medicare for All” and his urgent support for the Green New Deal in the face of a global climate crisis. 
Ocasio-Cortez said the pressure members of Congress come under is “no joke,” and praised Sanders for standing up to big corporations and establishment interests.
And Sanders’ advocacy, which she described as “enormous, consistent and nonstop,” inspired her, and the movement that has grown up around them both, to back him — and their fight.
Then Hennessy rat came along.
Now, cigarette cockroach is the latest pest in New York caught on video indulging in its favorite vice.
On Friday, attorney Tom Kretchmar tweeted the video that shows the insect dragging a cigarette across a sewer grate, at times struggling but seemingly determined to get its nicotine fix.
The video, shot at the intersection of 53rd Street and Fifth Avenue, has garnered 19,000 retweets and 86,000 likes.
Kretchmar said he watched the cockroach for 90 seconds before moving on.
The Twittersphere responded with a mix of fascination and disgust.
“Whose ex boyfriend is this?” tweeted one user.
Others showed a strange empathy toward cigarette cockroach.
“I guess if you have a lifespan of only 160 days, you might think, ‘Why not?'” NPR host Scott Simon tweeted.
“Been a hell of a week for us all,” Josh Grubbs tweeted.
Many others joked about the bug’s desire to smoke.
“This is what happens when you ban vaping flavors,” Hannah C.M. tweeted.
Then there were the select few who couldn’t pass up the chance for a pun.
“ah yes, the Pallmallo bug,” Mat Valek tweeted.
Sadly, no one knows how the story ended. Kretchmar said he wasn’t able to see if the cockroach took a puff.
The reality-star-turned-criminal-justice-reform-advocate questioned Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Saturday about the upcoming execution of Rodney Reed.
“PLEASE @GovAbbott How can you execute a man when since his trial, substantial evidence that would exonerate Rodney Reed has come forward and even implicates the other person of interest. I URGE YOU TO DO THE RIGHT THING,” she tweeted.
Reed has spent over 21 years on death row for the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites in Bastrop, Texas. Police say Reed assaulted, raped and strangled Stites, but he insists he’s innocent.
Reed is set to be executed on November 20.
Kim Kardashian West tweets support for 'Making a Murderer' subject Brendan Dassey

Before tweeting her support for Reed, Kardashian West said she had been watching “Just Mercy,” an upcoming film based on attorney and social justice activist Bryan Stevenson’s memoir and his journey appealing the wrongful conviction of Walter McMillian, a man who had been serving time for murder.
CNN has reached out to Reed’s attorneys for comment.
Reed’s attorneys filed a motion earlier this month asking the Bastrop County District Court to withdraw his execution date as they need more time to review claims from two new witnesses who recently came forward.
It’s not the first time that questions have been raised around Reed’s murder conviction.
His legal team has fought for years to get a new trial and a court stayed his execution in 2015 because of new witness testimony and forensic analysis. The court eventually ruled against Reed, which led prosecutors to seek a new execution date.
The reality star has become a criminal justice reform advocate. She has been working with lawyers and activists in a national bipartisan advocacy group for criminal justice reform. Since 2018, she has helped commute the sentences of more than a dozen inmates whom she believes were unfairly sentenced.
She has also been working on a documentary focused on prison reform.
In April, the 38-year-old announced she is studying to become a lawyer so she can be better informed while advocating for reforms to the US justice system.
Alfonso Ribeiro turned TV upside-down
And we’d like to take a minute
Just sit right there
We’ll tell you how the “Fresh Prince” star ended up on UK air
OK, enough messing around. Let’s get down to business.
Alfonso Ribeiro guest judged on Saturday evening’s episode of “Strictly Come Dancing,” a UK celebrity ballroom dance competition, and everybody was hamming it up in his honor.
It’s not unusual to see Ribeiro breaking it down on air or on stage. The actor is most famous for his role as Carlton Banks on the popular 90’s series “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”
His character may be well known for his dance moves, but so is Ribeiro. In 2014, he was the winner of season 19 of “Dancing with the Stars,” the US version of “Strictly Come Dancing.”
To anticipate Ribeiro’s arrival, the show’s stars shared a video of themselves doing the Carlton, the dance made famous by Ribeiro’s “Fresh Prince” character. Of course, no Carlton tribute would be complete without the Tom Jones song, “It’s Not Unusual.”
The night was full of tributes to Ribeiro.
Choreographer Katya Jones and TV presenter Mike Bushell performed a samba to The Sugarhill Gang’s “Apache (Jump on It)” a song famously featured in a performance by Ribeiro and his co-star Will Smith on “Fresh Prince.”
Of course, Alfonso couldn’t go a whole night without whipping out his own dance moves. He got up from behind the judge’s desk to teach Katya and Mike how it’s really done.
Ribeiro will be back on Sunday night for the results episode, when the judges announce who will make it to next week’s Halloween special.
There were plenty of revelations and declarations — and even a T-shirt — Friday related to the impeachment inquiry. Here’s the latest news:

The latest

CNN exclusive: Giuliani pushed the Trump administration to grant a visa to a Ukrainian official promising dirt on Democrats.
Report: Oligarch’s associates looked into Biden in effort to woo Giuliani — Bloomberg reports that associates of Dmitry Firtash, a Ukrainian oligarch fighting extradition to the US, tried to dig up dirt on Biden in order to get help from Rudy Giuliani.
State Department official warned colleagues about Hunter Biden’s role — George Kent, the career diplomat in charge of Ukraine policy, told House investigators he had raised concerns about Hunter Biden’s position at Burisma, a Ukrainian natural gas company, in 2015, The Washington Post reported. He said he was told it wasn’t a good time to push Joe Biden, then vice president, on that topic because of the declining health of his other son, Beau Biden.
Energy Department will not comply with subpoenas — It’s not clear whether soon-to-depart Secretary Rick Perry, a former Texas governor and “Dancing with the Stars” contender, will cooperate. Perry, who has emerged as a key player in the Ukraine drama, told Fox News on Friday that he “didn’t see a problem” with being asked by Trump to work through Giuliani rather than through official channels because, as governor, he had leaned on private players “all the time.”
Pompeo feeling pressure — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is increasingly frustrated with the departures of top department officials in recent weeks amid criticism that he has not stood up for career diplomats.
Trump photo with indicted Ukrainian American — A 2014 photo depicting Donald Trump with Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani’s who was recently indicted on criminal campaign finance charges, was taken during a fashion show at the Trump National Doral in Florida, hosted by Ivanka Trump
Schiff promises public hearings, transparency — House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, who is helping to coordinate the investigation, promised that transcripts of depositions will be released and there will be public hearings. He’s seeking to quiet frustration about the fast and closed-door process.
Kasich backs impeachment — “I say it with great sadness,” said John Kasich, a former Republican governor of Ohio, 2016 presidential candidate and a longtime critic of President Donald Trump. He made the comments during an interview on CNN, where he is a contributor.
The Trump campaign — is selling “Get over it” T-shirts

How long is this going to take?

It’s been 24 days since Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that House Democrats would be conducting their investigations as an impeachment inquiry.
How much more of this are we in for? A lot more.
Take a look at the most recent presidential impeachment efforts.
Clinton impeachment
  • Oct. 8, 1998 — Inquiry authorized by House vote
  • Dec. 11, 12, 1998 — House Judiciary Committee completes voting on articles of impeachment
  • Dec. 19, 1998 — House votes for impeachment
  • Jan. 7-Feb. 12, 1999 — Senate trial, acquittal
Impeachment phase: 72 days
Grand total: 127 days
Nixon impeachment
  • Feb. 6, 1974 — Inquiry authorized by House vote
  • July 27-30, 1974 — House Judiciary Committee completes voting on articles of impeachment
  • Aug. 8, 1974 – Nixon resigns
Grand total: 183 days
Of course, it’s important to remember that investigations had been ongoing for years before the impeachment inquiries began in both of those cases — each of which was conducted during the president’s second term, rather than heading into a reelection campaign. That’s one reason Democrats are moving at breakneck speed against Trump.

What’s ahead

The work ahead for impeachment investigators includes more depositions, releasing transcripts, conducting public hearings, writing a report of their findings and finally drawing up articles of impeachment.
Pelosi has been being very careful not to put a time frame on it.
There’s general hope in the halls of the Capitol that the inquiry will be done by Thanksgiving. After a House vote, the Senate would take up the matter, either with a trial or a vote to dismiss.
CNN’s Manu Raju is as plugged in on Capitol Hill as any reporter and we asked for his prediction:
“It’s only a guess, but my guess is they impeach in December sometime,” he said.
But if there is a Senate trial, it’s not hard to imagine that spilling over into January.
For the calendar: The Iowa caucuses are scheduled for Feb. 3, 2020.

Flashback Friday, McConnell edition

How a Senate trial proceeds will largely be up to one man — Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. A little more than 20 years ago, he gave an incredible speech in support of removing Bill Clinton from office.
“So what will we do this day?” McConnell asked his fellow senators. “Will we rise above or will we sink below? Will we condone this President’s conduct or will we condemn it? Will we change our standards or will we change our President?”
Quotes like that won’t wear well if McConnell tries to squash impeachment without a full trial, as some have suggested he might.
Read his full speech, in which he talks about how Republicans rose above partisanship to push Sen. Bob Packwood, an Oregon Republican, out of office.

Fact-checking Trump

Trump says the whistleblower has been discredited, but the facts tell a different story.
CNN senior political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson talked through what’s real and what’s not with CNN’s fact checker Daniel Dale on our “Impeachment Watch” podcast.

No crime necessary

CNN legal analyst Michael Zeldin gave lectures on impeachment at Harvard this week and kindly shared his notes.
He told the Harvard students that a president doesn’t have to commit a crime to be guilty of “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
Zeldin: The Nixon and Clinton articles of impeachment charged crimes. But there is no direct evidence that anything in the notes of the Constitutional Convention or the State ratification debates defines “other high crimes and misdemeanors” as requiring the commission of a crime.
Indeed, reference is made to impeachment being a political process thereby undermining the argument that a crime is a required predicate.
But there is a debate among Constitutional scholars on this point • My view: Impeachment requires a betrayal of the national interest or the exercise of power for self-interest regardless of whether the conduct is criminal.
There will be a test later and this will be one of the questions. Save your notes.

What are we doing here?

The President has invited foreign powers to interfere in the US presidential election.
Democrats want to impeach him for it.
It is a crossroads for the American system of government as the President tries to change what’s acceptable for US politicians. This newsletter will focus on this consequential moment in US history.

(CNN) — Randall Reeves was destined to be a seaman.

His father was a naval captain, and Reeves, now 57, grew up surrounded by sea lore. His childhood home was decorated with his father’s sextant and other navigational tools and charts, old uniforms and an underlined copy of Herman Melville’s classic 1851 seafarer novel “Moby Dick.”

The family bought a boat when Reeves was in high school and the first time he rode on it, he remembers, “It was this epiphany, this physical feeling of, ‘Oh. Oh! This is what I’m supposed to do.”

Randall Reeves' year-long Figure-8 sail around the world saw him rounding the American and Antarctic continents, both poles, and some intense waves.

Randall Reeves’ year-long Figure-8 sail around the world saw him rounding the American and Antarctic continents, both poles, and some intense waves.

Randall Reeves/The Figure 8 Voyage

Based in Oakland, California, Reeves is fulfilling that heritage now, 40 years later. On October 19, Reeves sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge and into Sausalito, where he stepped off his 45-foot sailboat, Moli, completing his year-long journey: a solo “figure-8” sail around the world.


The finish marks a world record, the sailor says: Reeves claims to be the first person in the world to complete this difficult route alone. (There’s no certifying body that regulates voyages of this type, but an international community of sailors, the Ocean Cruising Club, commemorated Reeves with a plaque after his landing.)

He departed from San Francisco down the Pacific past South America, made a hard left through the Southern Ocean above Antarctica and went once around the globe, before turning north.

Reeves sailed through the Atlantic and into the Arctic Ocean, and circled the globe once more before heading back south toward home in California.

He rounded the American and the Antarctic continents and approached both the North and South Poles in the span of one calendar year, but over just the summer season, as this kind of journey couldn’t be made to either pole in the winter.

This is the second time Reeves has attempted the figure-8 in the past two years — his previous attempt in 2017 ended with an overturned boat post-storm in Tasmania. Only one other sailor has attempted a similar figure-8 route, but didn’t complete it, Reeves says.

35 pounds of coffee

Reeves encountered waves that were as high as two-story houses, and 50mph winds, during the stormiest parts of his sail around the world.

Reeves encountered waves that were as high as two-story houses, and 50mph winds, during the stormiest parts of his sail around the world.

Randall Reeves/The Figure 8 Voyage

Leaving home in northern California on September 30, Reeves completed the 40,000-mile journey without power winches or power sails, refrigeration, or on-board water purification; he carried all his food on board — including 365 Clif Bars, 35 pounds of coffee, 36 pounds of powdered milk, and 84 cans of stewed tomatoes — and water for the year.

Truly a solo adventurer, Reeves subsisted 200 days without human voice contact, and 230-plus days of sleeping in only 90-minute stretches — he figured out quickly, by trial and error and starting with only one hour at a time, that 90 minutes was the minimum duration necessary to avoid hallucination.

The brief periods of rest allowed for him to still maintain the boat on course. Before embarking on the course, Randall says, he was fit from regular walking and running, though not “marathon fit.”

Describing his days on the precarious Southern Ocean, where the waves can be as high as two-story houses and winds can reach 50 miles-per-hour in stormy weather, Reeves explained the draw to CNN Travel, “There’s no coastguard down there. No one’s going to come pick you up if you have problems. You have to figure it out on your own. To put yourself into a part of the world that is absolutely and utterly wild, to be in a place where humans simply aren’t, to deal with what nature dishes you, it’s a huge privilege.”

One thrill of the journey was viewing Cape Horn on the southern tip of South America, close up and unobstructed, twice — the only two times Reeves saw land in 237 days — from a sailor’s perspective, which he describes as “like looking at Mount Everest from the peak.”

One with nature

The sailor's dream is to do the Figure 8 journey again, even more slowly, to allow time to stop and see more islands and marine life along the way.

The sailor’s dream is to do the Figure 8 journey again, even more slowly, to allow time to stop and see more islands and marine life along the way.

Randall Reeves/The Figure 8 Voyage

The sailor was also awed by his solo encounters with pelagic birds, those who, like Reeves this last year, spend most of their time on the ocean. He recalls during a storm, a bird crashed into his boat and got stuck in the cockpit. To help it back onto the sea, Reeves picked up the bird. “I’m holding this wild animal in my hand, thinking it’s probably never seen a human before. To be able to let it go back into its environment was amazing.”

As to what journey Reeves and Moli will take on next, he isn’t sure. He dreams of undertaking the figure-8 route again, but more slowly, “say, in five years as opposed to one,” Reeves says.

“It would be grand to just explore the route. There are a great number of islands spread out between Antarctica and the continents that I didn’t get to see. I didn’t get to stop where the seals and walruses and penguins live. But that’s a big commitment. We’ll see how that flies when I get home.”

At its peak, Kik had hundreds of millions of registered users and the company earned a private market valuation of $1 billion, placing it in the elite ranks of tech unicorns. But in September, Kik Interactive announced it would shut down the messenger app after a fight with regulators.
The company has been spared from closure by MediaLab, which also owns Whisper, another anonymous social media app on iOS and Android.
“We believe that Kik’s best days remain ahead of it,” MediaLab wrote in a statement Friday on Kik’s website. The company said that to cover the app’s expenses, it’s introducing ads. It also said it would develop the app to be faster, more reliable and remove bugs.
The Kik Interactive team did not return a request for comment Saturday on whether it still plans to layoff its Kik staff.
Kik Interactive said in September it plans to focus its remaining resources entirely on growing its cryptocurrency, Kin, the subject of a recent lawsuit filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC sued Kik in June for raising about $100 million in an ICO, or initial coin offering, without properly registering the offering.
In a September blog post, Kik CEO and founder Ted Livingston said the legal battle with the SEC had been “a long and expensive process to drain our resources.”
Launched in 2010, Kik pulled in a wide swath of users with the promise of being able to chat anonymously. Users were not required to register with a phone number or other personal details. In 2015, the app received $50 million in funding from Chinese tech giant Tencent.
It grew alongside other popular messaging apps, including WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Telegram and Line, but the anonymity feature became a double-edged sword. Headlines appeared on how child predators contacted minors through the app and the anonymity feature hurt law enforcement’s ability to track criminals.
As of 2016, Kik had 300 million registered users. It no longer breaks out its number of active users.
Fans of the “Joker,” which hit theaters earlier this month, are taking photos in front of those stairs.
You know the ones. Joker, portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, dances down the stairs as Gary Glitter’s “Rock and Roll Part 2” plays in the background. The scene is done so well, it’s even become a widely used GIF.
The stairs in question.

And it seems like those stairs, which connect Shakespeare and Anderson avenues at West 167th Street, are becoming a popular tourist attraction, potentially to the chagrin of actual Bronx residents.
Comedian Desus Nice, who co-hosts Showtime’s “Desus & Mero,” tweeted about the flux of people visiting the stairs.
But it’s no secret the Bronx has had a rough reputation, one it’s struggled to shed. Though its associations with arson fires and crime may have lessened in recent years, it’s still not an area many tourists explore, despite being home to the Bronx Zoo, the New York Botanical Gardens and Yankee Stadium.
Now, that could be changing — and the Instagram photos are proof. Here are a bunch of fans doing their best impressions of the Joker’s dance on location.
Nacho Montagna went all out, posting a video with a whole dance routine.
“Why so serious?” wrote Jenna Polignone, in the caption for her photo.
Erin Sauer’s photo has some bystanders in the background, but the effect is still strong.
“Always put a happy face…” wrote Arnaldo Silva in the caption of his “Joker” dance impression.
Not everyone tried to mimic the Joker. Shout out to James May, who went for the basic tourist photo standing in front of the stairs.
“Joker,” meanwhile, has shattered box office records, opening to $96 million, the highest-grossing October debut ever. The buzz hasn’t worn off, bringing in $55 million in its second weekend in North America alone. As of last weekend, the movie had brought in $543 million globally.
The film won the Venice Film Festival’s top prize before its public debut, which has led to Oscar buzz as well.