Director Hideharu Watanabe (left) with his crew producing a segment for Japanese TV
A film crew from NHK, a public broadcaster was filming a segment on the Gowanus Canal yesterday afternoon at the 2nd Street Dock. They had reached out to the Gowanus Dredgers, who made some of their canoes available for the occasion.
The live footage is for a show called Good Morning, Japan, which features a weekly segment entitled, "New York Style." The show apparently has 15 million viewers in Japan.
Reporter Yuriko Shimazu was bravely paddling the mucky water in a craft steered by Gowanus Dredger Raymond Howell.
By pure coincidence, EPA's Brian Carr was stopping by on his own tour of the Gowanus with a group from his Region 2 office. There is obviously never a dull moment on the shores of the canal.
EPA's Brian Carr, in light blue, with a group from the agency's Region 2 Office
Raymond Howell with a photo of the 2nd Street dock taken 11 years ago,
before the Dredgers cleaned up discarded trash.