Please don't kick my butt for doing this or get angry.
So 15 sec in PS and about seven years of nicotine added, this is how I would have the picture done.
As far as the post office pic, a bit Grayscale to. Rule of 3rd don apply due to optical deep of field. No crop needed. Just Change the tone.
Of course having said all the. This all so personal. For some, I'm just talking out of my hat.
All the best,