I also much prefer the first shot. I think Christian's suggestion of a diptych showing the two images in sequence would be a good idea.
Well, I guess the verdict is in. I'm glad everyone so far likes the 1st image. It's the kind of shot I really enjoy waiting for. I still like the second, but I understand the criticism. I think I'm too close to it to see it that way, though.
Thanks for the feedback!
Here's another shot taken across the street that same day in a pizza shop, looking out.