He’s free, he’s scary, and he’s here in New York!

This exclusive photo shows cross-dressing killer Robert Durst back in his old stomping grounds of Manhattan yesterday.

The Post’s lensman captured this image of Durst – on parole in Texas – on the Upper West Side after the New York real-estate scion ducked into Zabar’s for a quick nosh.

He refused to answer a reporter’s questions as he yammered away on a cellphone at West 81st Street and Broadway. But he smiled when asked if he had enjoyed his visit to the Big Apple.

Coincidentally – or not – a telephone kiosk bearing an ad saying, “Free to Be Scary” loomed over his right shoulder as he waited to cross the street clad in a light-colored sports coat, checked shirt, new blue jeans and a baseball cap.

“He’s a nice guy,” said a livery driver who had been chauffeuring Durst around town for several days. “He doesn’t say much.”

Durst, 63, arrived in the city Sunday for a four-day visit approved by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, which is overseeing his parole for convictions for weapons possession and bail jumping, a department spokeswoman said.

Durst is barred from leaving Texas without permission from his parole officer until Nov. 30.

The erratic multimillionaire, staying in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel at the Time Warner Center, met with his local lawyers on Monday and Tuesday.

Yesterday morning, he attended a hearing in Westchester Surrogate’s Court, where he is involved in a battle over claims related to the handling of two trusts created for him by his father, the late Seymour Durst.

Robert Durst’s lawyer in Houston, Dick DeGuerin, said he believes a tentative settlement has been reached in that case. Durst’s estranged brother, Douglas, a power in New York real estate, declined to comment on his sibling’s presence in the city.

The driver said Durst’s last stop would be Newark Airport to catch a flight.

In November 2003, Durst was acquitted of murdering 73-year-old neighbor Morris Black as they struggled for a gun in a Galveston, Texas, apartment. Durst said the shooting was accidental, but admitted cutting Black’s body into pieces that he dumped into Galveston Bay.

He later pleaded guilty to federal charges of gun possession and state charges of bail jumping and evidence tampering.

Durst served five months for those crimes, but was sent back to jail for 26 days this year after he took unauthorized trips in violation of his parole.

Before his crimes in Texas, Durst was being eyed in the still-unsolved 1982 disappearance of his first wife, Kathleen, in Westchester.

In 2000, Durst’s friend, writer Susan Berman, was fatally shot in her Los Angeles home as Westchester prosecutors planned to question her about what she knew of Kathleen’s disappearance.

Berman’s killing, too, remains unsolved.

(NY Post)

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