Lifestyle / Culture – September 7, 2016

Staff Spotlight: Dennis Gramolini, General Manager

Boston’s new General Manager and Boston native fills us in of the can’t-miss spots in Back Bay.

The Related Life:
Can you describe your new role with Related Rentals?
Dennis:
My role as General Manager is to bring my experience within the property management industry to ensure that the on-site team has all of the tools they need to work as efficiently as possible within a collaborative environment to guarantee that we continue to exceed the expectations of our residents.
The Related Life:
Do you have a favorite Related Rentals story?
Dennis:
I’ve only spent a short time with Related Rentals but my favorite story is probably when I was touring properties in New York City and Warren Loy, a Regional Manager in New York City, began playing the piano in the model at our property, 456 Washington St. it was impressive!
The Related Life:
What are you looking forward to most about fall?
Dennis:
Fall in New England has always been my favorite time of year. The weather and the foliage is great, and it’s always better when the Red Sox are in the playoffs, but I’m definitely looking forward to spending time with my newborn daughter (born September 18th) and my 4 year old son the most.
The Related Life:
Have you always lived in Boston?
Dennis:
I have always lived in the Boston area. I grew up just north of the city and other than attending college in Washington, DC, I’ve also stayed around Boston.
The Related Life:
What are your favorite things to do in Boston?
Dennis:
Some of my favorite things to do in Boston are to spend Patriots Day (Marathon Monday) in the city, walk through Boston Common at any time of year, run along the Charles River and to go to dinner in the North End which has about 100 restaurants and bakeries within 1 square mile.
The Related Life:
What are some can’t-miss spots in Back Bay?
Dennis:
There are some great restaurants and retail along Boylston Street and Newbury Street and are also great people watching spots. The main thing to me that separates Boston from many other cities is not only the history but how well it is preserved. A couple of the historical places located in the Back Bay that I like best are the Boston Public Library (the architecture is amazing) and Trinity Church in Copley Square which was founded before the American Revolution. Two restaurants that I really enjoy and recommend to people who visit are Sorellina which is an outstanding Italian restaurant and Post 390 which is an excellent American restaurant and is located on the ground floor of One Back Bay / The Clarendon (I liked this place before I worked for Related Rentals)!
The Related Life:
Where should we go for the best fall foliage in Boston?
Dennis:
Commonwealth Avenue is tree-lined in the center and is amazing in the fall for foliage. Along the Charles is fantastic as well.
The Related Life:
What’s your ideal Boston weekend?
Dennis:
It would probably involve sports, great meals, and learning something about the city that I didn’t before. A Red Sox game (or Celtics or BU hockey), dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, enjoying some of the river views or waterfront areas are a few of the many things I would have on my list. The best part is that because it’s so small, the vast majority of what you would want to do in a weekend is within walking distance, especially if you live or are staying in the Back Bay.
The Related Life:
What’s something you wish you could spend more time doing?
Dennis:
I definitely wish I could run along the Charles River more, as well as go out to dinner in the city more frequently. I live a bit further away from the city than I used to so I don’t head in as much as I used to aside from work.
The Related Life:
Favorite way to relax?
Dennis:
A few ways I like to relax is to head to the beach with my family in the summer, golfing, watching sports, and reading.
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