Friday, July 20, 2012

Harlem legend Sylvia Woods, 'Queen of Soul Food,' dies at 86

Harlem’s legendary “Queen of Soul Food” Sylvia Woods, whose 50-year-old restaurant drew U.S. Presidents, dignitaries and ordinary folk from all over the world to taste her fried chicken, died Thursday at 86.
Photo: Sylvia Woods - Her restaurant is 'meeting-place for black America," says Al Sharpton - who never paid for a meal there.

New York’s legendary “Queen of Soul Food” Sylvia Woods, whose iconic restaurant drew dignitaries and ordinary folk from all over the world to Harlem to taste her fried chicken, died Thursday at 86.

News that she died broke just as Mayor Bloomberg was paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of “Sylvia’s” at a gala reception at Gracie Mansion.

“We lost a legend today,” the mayor said. “Generations of family and friends have come together at what became a New York institution.”

The Woods family said she was surrounded by loved ones when she lost her battle with Alzheimer's.

Tributes quickly began pouring in.

“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.

Rep. Charles Rangel said he was “deeply saddened” by the loss of a friend.

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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Even though he is supposedly "married", I am willing to bet that Bloomberg is 100% flaming butt pirate. Another lefty with 50 bodyguards who wants to take away the 2nd amendment rights for the common man.

Out of the car Motherfucker!!! said...

I guess Doomburg, and the "Revs" will have to find a new place to freeload!!!! Plenty of NIG joints to eat at in the "Big Apple".

Anonymous said...

Al Sharp-schrimp will die from too much fried chicken-dick with mombo sauce!

I Voted For Obama said...

I was never invited to eat there.

Anonymous said...

sharpton and the others don't have to worry
they got 50 other places to hit for freebies

Anonymous said...

I HOPE SHE DOESNT STILL VOTE FOR OBAMA

I Voted For Obama said...

Don't worry. I already have her absentee ballot filled out.