12-Story “Jupiter 21″ In Orbit at 21 East First Street

Posted on: November 15th, 2012 at 6:48 am by

Jupiter 21. Certainly up there as one of the dumbest names for a glassy Lower East Side residential complex. But it sits at home orbiting the Avalon mothership. Nevertheless, that’s the name BFC Partners elected for 21 East First Street (aka 9-17 Second Avenue), former site of the oft-mourned Mars Bar.

The twelve-story building topped off earlier this fall, after a two-year trajectory, and is quickly taking shape. According to the Real Deal, the Jupiter 21 should cross the finish line in spring 2013. It’ll boast 13 affordable condos (nine of which are accounted for), 52 market-rate rentals, and two commercial condos. Corcoran Group has the exclusive on the property.

Nine displaced tenants will purchase new digs at $10 apiece, tax free.

Speaking of Jupiter, Gustav Holst composed an ode to the planet (“Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity”) as part of his “Planets” orchestral suite. This piece of music is essentially the inspiration behind much of John Williams’ movie score output and heavy metal.

Recent Stories

Photo: Conway Liao
‘Sopranos’ Star Drea de Matteo Lost Her Apartment in 2nd Avenue Explosion

Until yesterday afternoon, Sopranos star Drea de Matteo owned a unit in the tenement at 123 Second Avenue. This address and two of its neighbors both collapsed into a pile of rubble due to the explosion in Sushi Park next door at 121 Second Avenue. It was a 7-alarm blaze. According to reports, de Matteo maintained […]

hanksy-preview-1_wm
Prelude to Hanksy’s ‘Best of the Worst’ on Delancey Street

Hanksy and friends are almost finished transforming the spartan bank space at 104 Delancey into another funhouse for the “Best of the Worst” show. You wouldn’t even know that a Chase branch once operated in this spot. The whitebox nature of the space is redesigned, albeit temporarily. Promising to deliver a vibe akin to the […]

106rivington-block
Faulty Boiler in 106 Rivington Cellar Has Neighbors Worried

The controversial commercial unit at 106 Rivington Street – an address that lives in infamy – is again in the news. And this time for something way more serious than a liquor license. Especially given the tragic gas-related explosion up on Second Avenue yesterday afternoon. We are told that emergency personnel responded to 106 Rivington […]

Photo: Daily News
Today in LES History: Senator Barack Obama Makes a Campaign Stop at Cooper Union

On this day in… 2008 – Campaigning Illinois Senator Barack Obama took the stage at Cooper Union’s Great Hall. The then-presidential hopeful gave a speech about the economy, and proposed an additional $30 billion stimulus package to help during the downturn. Obama was introduced by Mayor Bloomberg. The event was highly symbolic, as Cooper Union […]

savenyc-graphic
Listen to Jeremiah Moss on WNYC Talking About #SaveNYC and Vanishing New York

The torrent of media coverage for the #SaveNYC campaign notched another huge get. Movement founder, and blogger extraordinaire Jeremiah Moss appeared on the “Brian Lehrer Show” yesterday. The candid, twenty-minute discussion was a great primer for the current commercial climate, and how the little guy is being forced from the Five Boroughs. It was also […]