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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Teaser Tuesdays: The Flatiron

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Should Be Reading.

Grab your current read. Open to a random page. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The Flatiron: The New York Landmark and the Incomparable City That Arose with It by Alice Sparberg Alexiou p. 13

"An unknown person one day hit upon the idea to describe them as 'sky scrapers,' a nautical term that signified the uppermost flag of a ship's mast. Some time in the 1880s, the words 'sky scraper' began to appear in print to denote these buildings."

I think it's pretty neat that the word "skyscraper" was originally a nautical term. When these buildings first started going up, a lot of the construction workers on the jobs were in fact former sailors, as they were the only people comfortable going up to these terrifying heights (of 10-16 stories!)

1 comment:

Kathy Martin said...

Sounds interesting! Please come see my teasers for Dare You To by Katie McGarry and The Spanish Revenge by Allan Topol. Happy reading!