BUSHWICK - More than 40 of the 78 apartments inside a building at 345 Eldert St. were vacated this morning by the fire department and Department of Buildings, leaving nearly 120 people homeless.

The move comes as the city says it is cracking down on illegally converted apartments in the borough.

The Red Cross was on the scene offering shelter to those who can no longer stay in their apartments.

Tenants who have been living there for years say many of the apartments, which happen to be lofts, have makeshift rooms.