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What if I were to crop the 1st one? I feel like it's more New York-ish: especially since I live in Chicago now.
I think you are on to the solution here. I like the first image better but IN MY OPINION it might be improved a bit. I would come in 1/4 of the way from the left and crop, then I would crop from the right to just right of the tall building. Then vertically I would crop out a lot of that sky, and some of the water. I find myself being distracted by the sky and my eyes trying to find a "face" in the clouds.
I think you can crop #1 according to the rule of thirds to achieve the building detail you seek. Nice shots by the way!