This apartment was great - large, very clean, and convenient into Manhattan. The view from the living room is spectacular. Kerry is a wonderful host, and had even put a few things in the fridge and cupboard for our arrival. The kitchen is well stocked with cooking and eating equipment - we had breakfast each morning and ate a few dinners in as well.
The bus to manhattan is 10-15 minutes in light traffic, more like 25-30 minutes in normal weekday traffic. The buses are frequent and comfortable, and conveniently located in midtown. For more money, the nearby ferry is another good option and very quick.
I'll mention for those with young kids that the large walk-in closet in the master bedroom is a perfect place for a little travel crib like a pack and play.
Note also the stairs - third floor apartment, and the stairs up are steep.
Final note - it's risky getting an apt rental in NYC proper since they're illegal (despite being seemingly ubiquitous). This Jersey place is just the thing.