I'm sad to see the crane go as well. It really added to the view from my hallway window, it's definitely not the same now that the crane's gone.
Here's the view in August '11 (also notice that the cool skylight bottom-left is gone in the later pictures):
This one was taken a few nights before the crane was taken down:
Here's the crane the morning before it was removed. You can also see the jack section at the top, used to raise/lower the crane by adding/removing new sections:
And this one's just a personal favourite from this past summer: