Being some lines from the plays and poems of William Shakespeare
collected and arranged
by Hy Brett

(An NYC.GOV Visitor Contribution, © 1999 by Hy Brett)

I pray you, let us satisfy our eyes
With the memorials and things of fame
That do renown this city.
         Twelfth Night Act III, Scene iii

Bronx Zoo
A very gentle beast, and of a good conscience. Midsummer Night's Dream V.i

O wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! brave new world,
That has such people in't!" Tempest V.i

Win her with gifts, if she respect not words:
Dumb jewels often in their silent kind
More than quick words do move a woman's mind. Two Gents from Verona III.i

Central Park
In the wood, where often you and I,
Upon faint primrose-bed were want to lie,
Emptying our bosoms of their counsel sweet. Midsummer I.i

City Hall Park
Are not these woods more free from peril than the envious court?
As You Like It II.i

City University of New York
Thou art a scholar; speak to it, Horatio. Hamlet I.i

Coney Island Parachute Jump
O Hamlet! what a falling-off was there. Hamlet I.v

Consolidated Edison
But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? Romeo &Juliet II.ii

Dial A Date
Shall I never see a bachelor of three-score again? Much Ado About Nothing I.i

Ellis Island National Monument
Bearing their birthrights proudly on their backs,
To make a hazard of new fortunes here. King John II.i

Empire State Building
The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces. Tempest IV.9

General Post Office Building
Was not that letter from fair Jessica? Merchant of Venice II.iv

Grand Central Station Journeys end in lovers meeting,
Every wise man's son doth know. Twelfth Night II.iii

Greenwood Cemetery
All that lives must die,
Passing through nature to eternity. Hamlet I.ii

Hudson River
I will tell you my drift. Much Ado II.i

Inwood Hill Park
But, look, the morn in russet mantle clad
Walks o'er the dew of yon high eastern hill. Hamlet I.i

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
A golden mind stoops not to shows of dross. Merchant of Venice II.vii

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Lo, here the gentle lark, weary of rest,
From his moist cabinet mounts up high,
And wakes the morning, from whose silver breast
The sun ariseth in his majesty. Venus &Adonis line 853

LaGuardia Airport
Fly further off, my lord, fly further off;
Mark Antony is in your tents, my lord. Julius Caesar V.iii

Little Italy
Those girls of Italy, take heed of them. All's Well That Ends Well II.i

Love Lane
The kiss you take is better than you give. Troilus & Cressida IV.v

Lower East Side
From lowest place when virtuous things proceed,
The place is dignified by the doer's deed. All's Well That Ends Well II.iii

Madison Avenue
Go, sound thy trumpet in the market-place. Coriolanus I.v

Metropolitan Opera
What a caterwauling do you keep here! Twelfth Night II.iii

Nathan Hale, Statue of
Upon such sacrifices, my Cordelia,
The gods themselves throw incense. King Lear V.iii

National Museum of the American Indian
Let his arms alone;
They were not born for bondage. Cymbeline V.iv

New York Aquarium
Master, I marvel how the fishes live in the sea. Pericles I.ii

New York Post, The
Though news be sad, yet tell them merrily. Romeo & Juliet II.v

Queens Botanical Garden
I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine. Midsummer II.i

Radio City Music Hall
For revels, dances, masks and merry hours
Forerun fair Love, strewing her way with flowers. Love's Labor Lost IV.iii

Rockefeller Center
How like a dream is this I see and hear! Two Gentlemen of Verona V.iv

Roosevelt Island Aerial Tramway
Fly, and make your peace with Caesar. Antony & Cleopatra III.xi

Sailors' Snug Harbor
I shall no more to sea, to sea,
Here shall I die ashore. Tempest II.i

St. Patrick's Cathedral
Now, God be praised, that to believing souls
Gives Light in darkness, comfort in despair! Henry VI, Part 2 I.iii

Staten Island Ferry
And, clasping to the mast, endured a sea
That almost burst the deck. Pericles IV.i

Temple Emanu-el
There's nothing ill can dwell in such a temple. Tempest I.ii

Theater District
'Tis ten to one this play can never please
All that are here: some come to take their ease,
And sleep an act or two. Henry VIII Epilogue

United Nations
For friendly counsel cuts off many foes. Henry VI, Part 1 III.i

Wall Street and the Financial District
We ready are to try our fortunes to the last man. Henry IV, Part 2 IV.ii

World Trade Center Observation Tower
Go, some of you convey him to the tower. Richard II IV.i

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