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AKWAABA MANSION, BROOKLYN, N.Y.

In the Akan language of Ghana, akwaaba means welcome, and that is exactly what guests receive at the Akwaaba Mansion bed-and-breakfast in the heart of Brooklyn, N.Y., just a 20-minute subway ride from midtown Manhattan. On a brownstone-lined street in the historic Stuyvesant Heights district, canopied by magnolia, beech and horse chestnut trees, sits an 18-room white Italianate mansion, dating to the 1860s, that Monique Greenwood and her husband Glenn Pogue bought and restored five years ago.

Each of the four guest rooms is decorated in an Afro-centric theme. The sunny Ashante Suite features African artifacts and textiles and hauntingly beautiful...

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