Lemberg / Lvov / Lviv
Started as part of Hapsburg Galicia -> Captured by Russian empire during the First World War -> Recaptured by the Hapsburg Empire -> short-lived Ukrainian state -> independent Poland -> invaded by Soviet Union -> invaded by Nazi Germany -> invaded again by Soviet Union -> USSR disintegrated and it became part of independent Ukraine
And so, belatedly, haltingly, and almost accidentally, it began: the education I’d put off while learning to pass as someone in the know. I wasn’t sure what it would get me, whose approval it might win, or how long it might take to complete, but for once those weren’t my first concerns. Alone in my room, exhausted and apprehensive, I no longer cared about self-advancement. I wanted to lose myself. I wanted to read. I wanted to find out what others thought.
There's a Russian style grocery with that name in Washington Heights: http://www.moscowonhudson.com/. So that seems to have been the neighborhood's nickname as well.
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