About Nix's Mate
Located at 89 Broad Street in the Hilton Downtown Boston/Faneuil Hall Hotel, Nix's Mate is Boston's premier dining destination for modern America cuisine. Paying tribute to the Boston Harbor Island, the neighborhood restaurant and bar serves seasonally-inspired fare, capturing the true spirit of New England. Nix's Mate is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
About Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall
Built in 1928 as Boston's first Art Deco skyscraper, this AAA Four Diamond hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of downtown Boston's Financial District, putting you in the center of Boston's economic and social hub. You'll be one block from Boston's Waterfront, less than one mile from the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse, walking distance to the subway, New England Aquarium, Faneuil Hall Marketplace and the Boston Children's Museum as well as just ten minutes from Logan International Airport. With 362 spacious guestrooms, including 66 two-room suites and thoughtful amenities, our hotel provides you with the comfort and convenience you look for when traveling. Relax with a book in the library or stay connected at our 24-hour Executive Business Center offering computer, fax, e-mail and copy services. Our third floor also offers three executive boardrooms for intimate meetings and depositions as well as 12 other event spaces for your next meeting. No matter what brings you to the city of Boston, at the Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall, our team is committed to making your stay a memorable one with our superior service and inviting accommodations.
The Curse of William Fly
The legend associated with Nix's Mate states that Captain Nix was killed at sea by his mate, William Fly. Officials brought Pirate Chief William Fly to Boston where he was executed.Fly was hung in irons, on Nix's Mate, over the graves of his confederates; and here his bones shook and rattled in the sea-air for many months, as a grim warning to all not to turn to piracy. He protested his innocence until the end, and stated that the place that witnessed his judicial murder would be washed away by the angry sea and this would be proof of his innocence. Within a century, the high cliffs of Nix's Mate eroded away. Today's 200 square foot rock is all that remains. Nix’s Mate is entirely hidden at high tide.
It is said that Fly walked to the gallows carrying a flower, and smiled at the executioner as the noose was put around his neck. It is also said that prior to Fly's execution, he famously scolded the hangman for incorrectly securing his noose. He then re-tied himself correctly. His body; as well as those of two other pirates,areburied on the island.
Did all the quarrying of slate and ballast rock in the 1600's and 1700's reduce the island to its current size? Or did the pirate's curse come to pass? Perhaps the only way to know is to sail out to Nix's Mate after sunset on a calm night…to see if the laughter of WilliamFly and his mates can be heard in the wind.