I agree with most of the previous comments, but to me #1 is the one that feels more 'honest.' To me the second is hurt by the distracting urban lights that others have mentioned and also by the overly dramatic lighting, which just feels a bit too over-the-top to me. However, the composition is better in the second.
I would love to suggest cropping, just to annoy Russ, but I agree that it just doesn't work here.
If they were mine, I'd find other ways to cheat, probably by using the clone tool to create a dark, woodsie bit of landmass to cover the urban lights, and soften the contrast a bit in #2, or else stealing the sky from #2 and putting it in #1.
There, that ought to offend several people.
If I had to choose one of the two as is, it would be #1.