If you search the Places database, there's a "General region" option that includes "NYC Metro (and north)." What areas is that general region supposed to include?
The "Specific region" pulldown menu underneath it implies that it takes in New York City plus the Tristate Region. But most Tristate places in the database do not show up when you search for them under General region=NYC Metro. (Search under General region=All and then they show up.)