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How to Take a Trip to Ancient Egypt in NYC

How to Take a Trip to Ancient Egypt in NYC

We know how to “Walk like an Egyptian.”

We’ve dressed as mummies on Halloween.

We know about that dude, King Tut. (But did you know he was killed by a Hippo?)

New York has everything. For the most part, Egyptian culture in NYC remains seemingly embedded in hookah bars and specialty restaurants. But, like the Greeks, Egyptians first mastered many crafts, almost unknowingly by most Americans. Did you know Ancient Egypt kept peace treaties? What about that Egyptians loved board games? Did you also know both men and women wore makeup? Hmm...people have always been superficial.

Anyways, If you’re looking to discover more than Egyptian eats in New York, here’s what you should do:

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    Day Sail (Saturday)
    Day Sail (Saturday)

    Classic Harbor Line

    What was the most essential ingredient in Ancient Egypt? Sand? Clay? Hieroglyphics of mammoth mammoths? C’mon, it’s obvious. The Nile, and, without the Nile, Egypt wouldn’t have survived. Cleopatra wouldn’t have cared for hundreds of kittens. And there'd be no Halloween mummies. To find resources and funnel water to the colony, Egyptians invented Fellucas, sailboats, to travel the river. In the same way Egyptians traveled the Nile, you can travel the Hudson and East Rivers with a cruise surrounded New York. Armed with essential resources like a Mimosa, you’ll enjoy the world just like King Tut.

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    Belly Dancing Basics (Chelsea Studios)-- vendor shut down (12/2/14)
    Belly Dancing Basics (Chelsea Studios)-- vendor shut down (12/2/14)

    R.i.S.E. Dance Company

    Considered the home of belly dance, Egyptian belly dancers have captivated the gazes of men, and women, since, well, since Giza. Licentiously shimmying and undulating their bodies, belly dancers strengthen their core, arms, backs, and legs, all the while maintaining an aura of unadulterated sexuality. This just goes to show...not much has changed since the days when Cleopatra was comin’ at ya.

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    Drawing Lesson -- class no longer offered anymore AC 6/1/2016
    Drawing Lesson -- class no longer offered anymore AC 6/1/2016

    Michiyo Art Studio

    Hieroglyphics, obviously. How else are you supposed to communicate to future generations?

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    Intro Pottery Wheel Workshop
    Intro Pottery Wheel Workshop

    In three-thousand years, do you think people will pay $20 to see our plates, bowls, and sporks? We do it for Ancient Egyptian goods. Since 4,500 B.C., people have been throwing clay on the pottery wheel. Take part in this ancient tradition that occupied Egyptians for centuries, by getting your hands dirty and fashioning impressive bowls for humans to see in, say, six-thousand years at, um, the MET.

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