I go to graduate school in Washington Heights. It's a good commute because the A/C and 1 all stop here express and local, however construction has been going on for years and you can't exit the 1 train without taking often-broken elevators. There are frequent delays. CUMC makes the area a little safer, however it isn't necessarily safe to wander east of Broadway alone after hours. There are many families here, but it isn't very clean and there isn't a great restaurant or activity scene. There are some pro bono clinics and resource centers for elderly people.