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Audubon Ballroom (former)

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Martha Cooper
Martha Cooper
Ned Kaufman
Former theater and dance hall, site of Malcolm X's assassination (now Mary Woodward Lasker Biomedical Research Building)
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The entertainment palace where William Fox started his movie empire was a popular dance hall, hosted union meetings, and was the site of the 1965 assassination of Black Muslim leader Malcolm X. It was designed by Thomas Lamb, a leading architect at the turn-of-the-century, who was commissioned Fox Theatrical Enterprises. The building's pending demolition in 1989 inspired a level of popular mobilization unusual in historic preservation. And while its partial demolition was a hollow victory, the effort helped lead to new thinking about landmarks in New York City.

Please note that the Census contains a separate listing for the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial & Education Center, installed in the former Audobon Ballroom in 2006.