Shelsky's of Brooklyn
Shelsky’s of Brooklyn in Cobble Hill. (Photo credit: Beth Lipton)

“You’re saying it’s a falsehood. And they’re giving — Sean Spicer, our press secretary — gave alternative facts,” President Trump Senior Advisor Kellyanne Conway told NBC Meet The Press host Chuck Todd last Sunday.

Conway’s comment came soon after Spicer claimed the inauguration crowds were “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period.”

Aerial photos of a side-by-side comparison between President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration and Trump’s 2017 inauguration display far more attendees for POTUS 44.

By now, “alternative facts” has become a popular hashtag and most recently, a Wikipedia page to explain the etymology of the term.

Brooklyn is one of many places which have responded to Spicer’s and Conway’s commentary, often with a great amount of mockery and sarcasm.

Witness the sandwich board sign outside of Shelsky’s of Brooklyn (141 Court Street, between Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Street), spotted by neighbor Beth Lipton, who I interviewed for Park Slope Stoop in 2015.

shelsky's at 8th annual latke festival
Shelsky’s “Gatsby” latke won the popular vote at 2016’s 8th Annual Latke Festival. (Via the Sylvia Center)

Shelsky’s — a bastion of Jewish appetizing and delicatessen foods — cited #alternativefacts for their statement about selling decidedly non-kosher products. Treif favorites Shelsky used to mock Spicer’s false claim include bacon, ham, lobster, and shrimp — which would be the last items found in their offerings.

Last December, the Jewish foods mecca won the popular vote “best of” at 8th Annual Latke Festival for their “Gatsby” creation — inclusive of a potato latke with caraway seeds, honey mustard, pastrami lox, and a horseradish cream sauce. Their masterpiece’s deliciousness is decidedly not an alternative fact.

Shelsky’s is surely not the only example of “alternative facts” smackdown in Brooklyn.

Have you seen a sign or other response around our borough? Please email us the image at Ribald, macabre, sardonic, and all other approaches are happily accepted.

And in the fun fact category: Spicer was already feuding with the press back when he was a Connecticut College student, an academic institution where I taught for roughly five years.

“The article in the College Voice describes an effort to ban smoking within school buildings at Connecticut College. It passed on a 21-1-0 vote, and would not have impacted the status quo policy in the library, although what inflamed Spicer was the kicker,” reported The Daily Mail.

The Voice published the following: “The policy also will not correct the current policy of creating smoking and non-smoking rooms for self-scheduled exams, according to an amendment added by Sean Sphincter, house senator of JA,’ according to the article, which references the Jane Addams dorm, where Spicer was a representative.”

h/t to Amy Finkel for bringing this story to my attention.

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