Harlem’s legendary “Queen of Soul Food” Sylvia Woods, whose 50-year-old restaurant drew dignitaries and ordinary folk from all over the world to taste her fried chicken, died Thursday at 86.
Her timing was as impeccable as her pie: she died 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.
“Sylvia gallantly battled Alzheimer’s for the past several years, but never once lost her loving smile,” the Woods family said in a statement.
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