5. We Still Have an Important Government Building Named for Tweed

The Tweed Courthouse is considered the ultimate boondoggle in the history of New York public works. Taking nearly two decades, with cost overruns in the millions (real money back then), the construction generated infamous bills, like more than $41,000 for “brooms” The New York City government now houses the Department of Education in the Tweed Courthouse.

The building is one of the city’s landmarked interiors and contains a Roy Lichtenstein sculpture in its 5-story atrium.