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The wake for Sylvia Woods, founder of the iconic Harlem restaurant Sylvia’s, will be held today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Abyssinian Baptist Church. It’s open to the public. Her funeral will take place tomorrow at Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon at 11 a.m. Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy.
Ms. Woods died last Thursday at the age of 86. She suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for several years. That evening, during what was supposed to be a celebration of Sylvia’s 50th anniversary, there was a moment of silence.
There will also be a public anniversary celebration on August 1, including a parade and breakfast.
As we tweeted yesterday, Sylvia Woods, the famed founder of the Harlem restaurant “Sylvia’s,” has died at the age of 86. She had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for the past few years, according to a statement from her family.
Ms. Woods had been scheduled to appear at a ceremony honoring the 50th anniversary of her restaurant last night. Instead, there was a moment of silence.
“Sylvia Woods came to New York City with a dream and her dedication made it a reality. She exemplified the entrepreneurial spirit that is at the heart of our city’s success,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement.
Woods came to New York from Hemingway, S.C. in 1962. Starting as a waitress, she went on to buy the luncheonette she worked in and turn it into the institution it is today. Famous names like the Rev. Al Sharpton, Bill Clinton, Roberta Flack, and President Obama have dined there. And it was one of the sites used in Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever. Her restaurant also served busloads of tourists and locals over the past five decades.
In addition to the restaurant, which now seats 250, Ms. Woods also had a line of products, a catering service and published two cookbooks: Sylvia’s Soul Food: Recipes From Harlem’s World Famous Restaurant and Sylvia’s Family Soul Food Cookbook: From Hemingway, South Carolina, to Harlem. She was also receptive to changing her business to keep up with the times. In addition to her usual soul food, she added salads and other healthier options to the menu.
Rather than sending flowers, the family has asked for donations to the Sylvia and Herbert Woods Foundation.
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