A stately mansion reborn as a bed-and-breakfast in an overlooked historic Brooklyn neighborhood.
Akwaaba is a fantasy-come-true for its owners, Monique Greenwood (a former publisher who dabbles in decorating) and her poet-engineer husband, Glenn Pogue. The couple found the landmark mansion, neglected despite its historic stature, in a quiet, tree-lined neighborhood in Stuyvesant Heights. By importing African furnishings and naming it Akwaaba, which means welcome in Ghana, they transformed it into an urban oasis. Guests are made to feel very welcome, indeed. The rooms have colorful names like Ashante and Jumping the Broom. They are lovely, full of light and classically arrayed with tasteful furnishings, beautiful fabrics, rich warm hues and exotic African accents, not to mention gleaming polished hardwood floors. Updates to the property mean that guests can enjoy Jacuzzis in all accommodations. In the morning, the innkeepers prepare a generous, hot complimentary breakfast. When not exploring the city, you can relax in a comfy white wicker chair on the glass-enclosed patio and enjoy a precious moment of quiet in one of the hippest boroughs in New York City.