Traffic on this web site is cyclical. I've know this for years; visitors peak in mid to late summer. Autumn is a time of gradual decline, and things will only gradually start picking up around February.
So my traffic from NYC readers is up in September. Not up by a little. From September 1st to September 22nd, it's up by 880%.
So did someone put something in the water?
I should add that if web site stats went up 880% nationwide, I'd be quitting my lovely and talented day job as a Java/DB consultant at BofA to work on the website full time, and there's some cool stuff I'd do if I only had the time, so get to it.