Maya's place is located near Washington Heights, which is a largely residential part of town. There are sections very close to the apartment that don't feel like you are in the city at all such as parks and running and biking trails with great views of the Washington Bridge, however once off the trails there are also shops and restaurants typical of the City. The apartment was very spacious with all the comforts of home, such as TV, full kitchen, comfy beds and internet. The location of the subway is a quick walk and feels quite safe-despite the hour. The train to Midtown is about 20 minutes if you take the express, otherwise it can take about 45-50 minutes. There is street parking available, however it quickly fills up. (typical of NYC)
I would definitely stay at Maya's place again when in the City.