Weekend Picks: Magnolias, Blue Herons and Fleas

WNYC's news staff is hammering to get outside.  Here are some of their outdoor activity picks.

Enterprise Editor Karen Frillmann loves spring and as a gardener loves when things start to sprout. "We've waited a long time and it's popped," she says of the season.  She likes to visit a secluded park along the river. "My selection is a small grove of mature magnolia trees in Corlears Hook Park.  Walk through this grove of magnolia trees and walk over to the East River and enjoy."

Reporter Yasmeen Khan is going to check out the flea market in Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood.  She said, "that's where all the people who are much cooler than I am sell their handcrafted furniture, vintage plates, jewelry and typewriters that they've found and accumulated."  She also advises to bring an appetite,  "you can also eat your face off, there is great food there -- giant donuts, ice cream, dosas, pizza, lobster."

Technical Director Wayne Shulmister is bringing his family on a hike to Blue Heron Park on Staten Island.  He found that some of these blue herons in picturesque Monet-style ponds grow to three or four feet high.  "They are very hungry and they love to eat frogs, small birds, and little mammals."  Shulmister didn't seem too concerned that his children are also small.