Changes to the NYC housing lottery, condo owners fined for renting out illegally subdivided units, & more

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The NYC housing lottery is no longer requiring applicants to have a credit check, opening it up to immigrants without social security numbers or tax IDs (NY1)

Two Lower East Side condo owners face fines for illegally subdividing units into minuscule apartments with ceilings as low as four and a half feet (NY Post)

The number of illegal laundry rooms in NYC co-op and condo buildings could be in the thousands (Habitat Magazine)

In spite of opposition by Queens residents, Glendale and Ridgewood are getting new homeless shelters (NY Daily News)

The co-op buyers who baked a cake for their interview and shared the process with Brick Underground explain why they chose their Bay Ridge apartment (The New York Times)

Preservationists are fighting to save a brick house in Brooklyn that could be replaced by a new apartment building, saying it played a role in the Underground Railroad (CityLab)