Never saw that New Yorker cover. Barry Blitt is brilliant. I love his work. It might be my favorite view too, although I do like the sketches you posted too. I like the structural detail in the upper right of your first sketch
Nice sketches, Jimmy! I think we had a safer position to sketch from than Barry Blitt did. lol Although I've been stuck in traffic like that on the bridge and could probably get a sketch done while sitting there.