5. The Manhattan Municipal Building Is the Former Home of WNYC Radio

The Manhattan Municipal Building was once home to WNYC Radio, the first radio station in the country to break the news of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 (and New York City’s continued main source for civil defense information during WWII and into the 1950s).

WNYC eventually occupied 51,400-square-feet of rent-free space scattered around eight floors of the Manhattan Municipal Building. In 2008, however, it moved to a new location at 160 Varick Street, where the station remains today.