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Soul food queen Sylvia Woods remembered in NYC

Mourners are paying their respects at a wake for Sylvia Woods, founder of the Harlem soul food restaurant that carries her name.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Mourners are paying their respects at a wake for Sylvia Woods, founder of the Harlem soul food restaurant that carries her name.

Woods died last week at age 86. She and her husband started Sylvia's Restaurant in 1962. It has since become a must-stop not only for the neighborhood, but for tourists and high-profile politicians.

The wake, and a Tuesday afternoon public service, are being held at Abyssinian Baptist Church. Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be among the speakers.

Mourners filed past an open casket. She was laid out in a cream-colored brocade suit. The altar was adorned with white flowers: roses, orchids and calla lilies.

A service is scheduled for Wednesday at Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, N.Y., where Woods lived.