4. Audubon Ballroom
Address: 3940 Broadway
Status: Now the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center
Malcolm is said to have spoken at this Broadway theater on more than 20 occasions, but the Audubon Ballroom will always be known for its most devastating occurrence: Malcolm X's assassination. The location served as a meeting place for Malcolm's Organization of Afro-American Unity during his later years. Tragically, the 39-year-old was shot 21 times here on February 21, 1965, after a man yelled "Nigger! Get your hand outta my pocket!" in his direction. Less than a year earlier, Malcolm proclaimed "I am probably a dead man already." The Nation of Islam had sought his head following his departure.