The wider world knows him as host of VH1’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” but RuPaul has been a New York legend since the 1980s. Back then, he was a fixture in the city’s gloriously grimy club scene, performing not only in drag shows, but with his new wave band Wee Wee Pole. Now 56, the man born RuPaul Andre Charles lives a very different life but he still adores the city, using the West Village as his base when not filming in Los Angeles. On Saturday, he’ll join Samantha Bee, Issa Rae and many other guest speakers at OZY Fest 2017, an all-day mixture of music, comedy, talks and more kicking off at noon at Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield. Here, he tells Hardeep Phull about his ideal New York weekend.

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I get up superearly, and around 5:30 a.m. I get on my bike and ride all over town. I’ll ride to Battery Park, the East Village — it’s like I have the whole town to myself. It’s the complete opposite of when I was a kid. I used to go home at 7 a.m., in drag, as people were going to work. But that stopped for me about 20 years ago!

I like to grab lunch early, too, usually around 11 a.m. It’s my way of avoiding the crowds. I don’t believe in waiting on food — it’s not that important to me. One of my favorite spots is Elephant & Castlein Greenwich Village, where it’s so unpretentious, but the food is so good. It’s probably my favorite restaurant in New York.

I like going on TodayTix.com and [looking] for a matinee in the afternoon. I saw “[The] Government Inspector” at the [Duke on 42nd] recently. But I swear to you that in 1984, in the very same building, I saw a sex show where a man was laying on a chaise lounge, asleep, while a pregnant woman tried to arouse his flaccid manhood. It’s been burned in my brain ever since. So to see such a respectable play in the exact same place all these years later was quite something.

For nightlife, I like the Monster [in the West Village]. They have old-fashioned discos and drag shows there. In fact, I saw Bob the Drag Queen [winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 8] emceeing a show there before he even auditioned for “Drag Race.” It’s a little throwback to the old days and, to be honest, I don’t really want to know what the new clubs are. A lot of the time when I’m at clubs, the kids are just looking at their phones. I’m like, “What the f–k is that? Take your ass home!”

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