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Malcolm X Rally-Harlem-1963-NYMalcolm X speaking in Harlem, 1963

Today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, later known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. Malcolm X’s career was inextricably bound to New York City, the place that brought him fame and saw his demise on February 21, 1965. Here are 7 key spots in NYC that lead up to his assassination.

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Here’s what the Untapped staff is reading in the HQ today:

laguardia-demolition-airport-terminal-hanger-new-york-city-darkcyanide-2Photos by Dark Cyanide for Untapped Cities

It’s easy to hate on LaGuardia Airport, even the politicians do it. Just last year, Vice President Joe Biden compared it to an airport that would be found in a “third world country,” nearly identical to what Donald Trump said of it in 2011: “You go to LaGuardia Airport, it’s like a Third World airport.” The executive director of the Port Authority agreed with Biden, and Governor Mario Cuomo called the airport a “disgrace.” Well, for the haters, change is finally coming. The demolition of Hangars 2 and 4, between the Central Terminal Building and the Delta/US Airways terminal is mid-demolition. There hasn’t been any news about it, probably because nobody cares.

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McKim Mead White Pennsylvania Station-NYC-Vintage Photo

In New York City next week, February 23rd to March 1st, check out a book talk with Abandoned NYC, learn about design with IKEA, see what’s new at NYU Tisch’s Fusion Film Festival and more.

Monday, February 23rd

Join former war correspondent Tom Squitieri in a conversation about his experiences reporting from conflict zones such as Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia in Film at 11‘s third monthly salon ‘Will “Never Again” Happen Again?’. The event will take place at 6:30pm at The Paname Restaurant, $10 entry.

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Queens Giant-Tallest Oldest Tree NYC-Tulip Poplar-Alley Pond ParkImage via NPR by Benjamin Swett

From the scenic landscape of Manhattan’s Central Park to the endless onslaught of green that occupies Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx, it can be easy to assume that the city’s largest tree resides in one of these areas. It might come as a complete surprise to you that the city’s tallest (and oldest) tree is actually located in Alley Pond Park in the borough of Queens between Douglaston and Bayside.

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Located on the West Gravel area, the exhibit consists of 18 transparent spheres

Located on the West Gravel area, the exhibit consists of 18 transparent spheres

Gazing Globes is the new outdoor installation in Madison Square Park.  The Artist, Paula Hayes, draws on a Victorian-era custom  to foster good luck by displaying a hand-blown glass decorative orb in outdoor gardens. It was said that the orbs, a practice which originated in 16th-century Venice had a mystical character and held magical powers.

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