Located across the Hudson River on the New Jersey side, the Edgewater Golf Range is a place I've passed by quite a few times over the years. The sign isn't much, in fact you cannot even see it from the street.
Not getting the friendliest vibe so far.
A joyless, industrial, workmanlike atmosphere greets us here. Call me a pollyanna, but I still think that beating range balls should be fun.
The range overlooks Harlem and the Hudson River, making this place a sort of bizarro-world Chelsea Piers. See how the other half hits.
You can see it here: the ground slopes downward from the hitting area to the range. Thanks to erosion, the concrete surface of the hitting bays has too become downsloped. Standing on the mat, you can easily feel gravity tugging you towards the range--I believe the double-stacking is meant to alleviate the problem.
Having customers hit off a downslope is probably not the best idea for a driving range, businesswise. Downslopes are a normal part of the game, but when a practice tee is set up in a way that promotes chunky contact and a low, short ball flight, you are going to have a lot of golfers walking off the property feeling crummy about their swing and by extension the whole stupid game. When I get around to opening the Legitimategolf practice joint, we'll put you up on a nice slight upslope, help you launch those balls airborne.
Remember when I went to Vermont and happened upon one of the greatest driving ranges on earth? Well this place is kind of the polar opposite. Whatever. Can't have the highs without the lows. It's not a total bust--the Mitsuwa Japanese Supermarket/Superstore, which you can see in the last photo, sits next door and is always a fun destination. Try the ramen noodles in the food court, they are top notch.