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Sylvia P. Woods Street Naming Ceremony

Thursday, May 29, 2014  
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On Wednesday, May 14th, the corner of Lenox Avenue and 126th street was renamed “Sylvia P. Woods Way," commemorating the late Sylvia Woods’ rich contributions to her beloved Harlem.

Sylvia Woods, the Queen of Soul food, opened the eponymous restaurant in Harlem in 1962. Since that time, Sylvia’s has been a Harlem institution and a favorite for local New Yorkers, tourists and celebrities and Politicians alike. Sylvia was renowned for her Soul Food but maybe even more so for her generosity. In addition to running the restaurant and adjacent lounge, ‘Sylvia’s Also,’ the restaurant has played a leadership role in the NYS Restaurant Association as well as run the Sylvia and Herbert Woods Foundation, which awards annual college scholarships.

Kenneth Woods, the president and chief executive of Sylvia’s and the son of Sylvia Woods welcoming attendees alongside the rest of the Woods family.

The ceremony was led and attended by three generations of the Woods family, who still run the restaurant and the Sylvia’s brand. They welcomed hundreds of excited patrons and an array of speakers, from local business owners to long-time friend Reverend Al Sharpton, who all agreed on one thing: Sylvia’s provided a home base, a community, and warmth for Harlem locals to rally around and take part in.

Members of the Sylvia's team: Jason Wallace, who served as NYS Restaurant Association Chair from 2010-2011, and Taniedra McFadden celebrating outside of Sylvia's Also Lounge.

Sylvia’s has been synonymous with Harlem culture and delicious food since she opened her doors over 50 years ago—the NYS Restaurant Association is thrilled to see that presence be commemorated, for all to see, by the City of New York. We wish our longtime member, and friend, continued success! 

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