Harlem loses a culinary matriarch: Sylvia Woods of Sylvias
Harlem’s ‘Queen of Soul Food’ Sylvia Woods dies at 86 of Alzheimers.
“We lost a legend today,” the mayor said. “Generations of family and friends have come together at what became a New York institution.”
“Sylvia’s has been more than a restaurant, it has been a meeting place for black America,” said the Rev. Al Sharpton, who recalled dining there with everyone from President Obama to Caroline Kennedy.
Former Mayor David Dinkins called her an icon. “She’ll be missed,” he said. “Not just because of the wonderful business she ran and the great food, but because of her contributions to the community.”
Much will be written about Sylvia in the days and weeks and years to follow. But for now, may she rest in peace. And may her family and friends find comfort.