Question about shooting skylines

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So, I'm having issues shooting the NYC skyline. I recently moved across the Hudson, and have a perfect view of the length of Manhattan. Issue is, I'm new to my DSLR and there's a little bit of light flooding behind me. I'm also not sure why the lights of the city almost make me dizzy to look at. I'm using a heavy tripod, so it's not a lack of a steady surface...

Disregard the awful pictures/set up below... It's just an example of what I'm having issues with.

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Any help would be grateful! I've tried under exposing, over exposing and changing the F/stop. I'm sure it's an easy fix, but I thought I'd ask!

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The second image shows movement. You see all points of light are angled lines in the same direction, diagonally from left to right up.

The first looks like missed focus a little bit.
What were your settings on the first one?

The exposures look ok though.
 
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The settings look like f/4.8 2.5 seconds.
It was very very windy that night, even with my very heavy/sturdy tripod, I'm wondering if that played a huge role in it too.

It's frustrating because I played with the settings a lot and still, the lights turned out dizzy looking in all of the pictures I took.
 
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