10. Apollo Theater
Address: 253 W. 125th St.
"Up and down along and between Lenox and Seventh and Eighth Avenues, Harlem was like some technicolor bazaar." A regular visitor to the Apollo during both his early and later years, Malcolm grew fascinated by the talent inside the World Famous Theater's walls.
As a younger cat, he sold sandwiches as a porter on a Boston–New York train line and stopped off in the neighborhood whenever he got the chance. Later on in life, into the 1960s, he'd take the Apollo stage himself to preach about Black Nationalism, while boycotts, riots, and freedom marches erupted outside on Harlem streets. Meanwhile, James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Smokey Robinson brought the house down night after night. Talk about a star-studded lineup.