“It was inconsiderate to those hurt in the crash and to the city of New York,” she said in an e-mail to The Des Moines Register.
“What happened last week in the East Village is not to be taken lightly and I regret my course of action.”
Freundlich, who worked on both ofPresident Obama’s White House campaigns and served as communications director for the Iowa Democratic Party, was among several people who used the disaster as a photo backdrop.
The displays stirred outrage online, with commenters calling them “disgusting beyond words.”
Near the site, a neighbor taped a sign to a door.
“THIS IS A TRAGEDY, NOT A TOURIST ATTRACTION,” it read.
Visitor Jeanie Slade, who posted a pic of herself and a pal at the site with the hashtag “#beingtourists,” said Saturday that it was “satire . . . to point out how many people post selfies in inappropriate times.”
Slade deleted her Twitter and Instagram accounts but stuck by her claim Sunday.
“I’m so sorry for any miscommunication and my satire was in poor taste,” she said.