No word yet whether the object was seen falling by the Tram staff confirming that no other contact was made with the Tram's mechanical systems.
According to Steve Shane, Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation President & CEO, the object:
"...was a section of the metal coping at the edge of the roof parapet which fell, glancing off the front of the cabin and otherwise doing no damage..."Fernando Martinez, VP of RIOC Operations, reported to Mr. Shane in an internal e-mail shred with me:
"I spoke to Mark Long who was supervisor on duty at the time. It was not a beam but part of the roofing material or sheating at the Manhattan station. The material landed on the Tram pit. No one was injured."The resident I spoke seemed pretty sure the debris fell onto the platform as opposed to the tram well but either way thank g-d no one was hurt.