I like both of these. My style is very formalistic thus I shoot a lot of straight on shots, so can really relate to the first pic. I like the graffiti arrow point at the very edge of the frame. Adds drama.
On the second pic, I really appreciate the silhouetted fire escape against the bright rectangle, whatever it is. However, I'm not sure why, but the way the building intersects with the far right side of the frame gives me pause. It wouldn't work, at all, to crop it off, though. I go back and forth on it, so perhaps tomorrow I'll see it differently.
p.s. Both are toned beautifully
Your comments are welcomed and appreciated. Odd, I had not noticed the graffiti arrow in the first shot. Rather, I was drawn to the duplicated text at the top left portion of the torn banner. An interesting commentary on how different photographers can approach the same subject, don't you think? This is quite possibly the true splendour of exhibiting our work to our peers.
I too struggled with the second photo, and at one point rotated it to 90 degree lines. In doing so, however, I found it suddenly lacked a certain... "found" quality. I'm sure you understand what I mean.
Your work is splendid by the way and I have bookmarked your site as a result.