The Mayor will hold a press conference today at noon about the Roosevelt Tram incident, as he and Governor Pataki want to know what exactly happened last night to strand 69 commuters in two tram cars. We don't know what happened, but we do know it was like a local media dream: Human interest drama (kids, babies, old lady, Hasidim), iconic and curious NYC vehicle, and a happy ending, albeit it one in the middle of the night when most people are sleeping. There was a 90 minute tram stoppage last fall, but that's a cakewalk compared to this. What's interesting is that the tram was originally supposed to be a temporary transportation solution to Roosevelt Island.

More information about the tram from the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation. And Gothamist would like to know is how this may impact those ambitous gondola dreams for Governor's Island (the sketch above is by Santiago Calatrava). Maybe there will be escape hatches with rafts or something.