Rikers Island Bridge (officially named Francis R. Buono Memorial Bridge) connects Rikers Island in the borough of the Bronx with the borough of Queens in New York City. The bridge begins in the Steinway neighborhood of Queens near the intersection of Hazen Street and 19th Avenue and continues to the south side of Rikers Island.
The Rikers Island Bridge is the sole route to the island for vehicular traffic. Before the bridge opened in 1966, access to Rikers Island was by ferry only. The bridge is a fixed low-level span built with concrete and steel. At its center, the bridge has a 52 foot rise allowing clearance for vessels passing beneath the structure.
On May 25, 1978, the bridge was named for the late Supervising Warden Francis R. Buono, who directed its construction. In August 1990, during a labor conflict with then New York City mayor David Dinkins, guards responded to a breakdown in negotiations by barricading access to the bridge.
The Q100MTA Bus route operates across the Rikers Island Bridge and provides service to the Rikers Island Visitor Center.
This bridge has been referenced in the song "Bridge of Pain" by Flavor Flav.