Michael Cuomo

“If you put a hundred per cent into it, Redfern itself will turn around and put a hundred per cent effort into supporting you, Redfern itself will do that”. So says local business owner Michael Cuomo of the inner-city village he has supplied with fruit and veg since around 2010.The side-by-side fruit shop, deli and flower shop which bear Mickey’s name have enlivened what used to be the shadowy corner of Pitt and Redfern Streets. In this oral history interview, Michael talks about Redfern with fellow resident Geraldine O’Brien: its character, its demographic mix, and how it has evolved over time. In the entertaining excerpt below, Michael describes one of the colourful regulars at the shop.

Geraldine O'Brien with Catherine Freyne